22 May 2012 (archived)
Cocoon, run by the United Sustainable Energy Agency, is now able to offer free loft and cavity wall insulation to private landlords and tenants across England.
Landlords should take advantage of the free insulation while they can, before the government funding which makes this offer possible is withdrawn. This is expected to happen in the autumn of 2012.
The Energy Act 2011 means that from April 2016, any tenant asking for reasonable energy efficiency improvements will have to receive them. As well as this, from April 2018 it will be unlawful to rent out a property that doesn’t meet a minimum Energy Performance Certificate ‘E’ rating.
Ensuring that rental properties are insulated now while it’s free will prevent landlords from facing hefty bills over the next few years.
All landlords and private tenants are eligible regardless of their age or whether or not they are on benefits. If your house is larger than average for the number of bedrooms, or if you require extras such as scaffolding or core vents then you may be asked to pay a charge. Also, if you already have a certain level of loft insulation you may be charged to top it up. However, you will not have to pay anything until you have agreed to it, after having a free, no obligation survey.
In the event that you are expected to pay a charge, Landlords may be able to claim an equivalent amount in tax allowances under the Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance scheme, making insulating your rental property even more attractive.
If you are not sure whether your rental property has cavity wall insulation; or you’re not sure whether your loft insulation is up to the recommended level, just contact Cocoon to arrange a free, no obligation survey.
For more information, or to arrange your free, no obligation survey, visit our website at www.cocoonyourhome.co.uk or call us on 0800 80 48 777
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