The Green Homes Grant: everything you need to know 16 Nov 2020
This article was updated on 09/12/2020
The UK government have ambitious plans to become net zero carbon by 2050, and as part of this effort, they have introduced the Green Homes Grant.
What is the Green Homes Grant?
It’s a grant for homeowners, including residential landlords, to put towards the cost of works which improve the energy efficiency rating of their property.
The kind of works it applies to include things like insulating the building, or the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by installing low-carbon heating.
Is it worth looking in to?
For landlords who possess rental homes with an EPC rating lower than a C (so a D or E), this scheme is definitely worth looking at.
If you don’t know what your EPC rating is, you can find out by visiting the register here. The idea of the grant, is that it’s being offered to improve the fabric of the property, and any work carried out must be done so by Trustmark registered contractors, who are also registered with the Green Homes Grant.
When can I apply for the Green Homes Grant?
The closing date for application is the end of March 2022. It was previously the 31st March 2021, but the Government has granted an extension for an extra year. The process is quite involved as well as being subject to contractor availability so it’s advisable to get in quick if you think you can benefit from the grant. Work MUST be completed by the closing date, so last minute applications will likely miss out.
How to apply
It is our understanding that a voucher application must be made, and the work agreed to before any work is carried out. The grant will be paid once work has been completed and proof that it has been carried out is presented. You can apply to take advantage of the scheme here.