Sustainable energy charity gets funding to help landlords

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Landlords in the South West now have access to a new project

The Bristol-based Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has received £14,050 funding from the TDS Charitable Foundation to develop a project that will support landlords in the South West to better understand their obligations around Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

From the 1st April 2018, there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

The project, called Get Ready for MEES, is an initiative that has been designed to inform landlords across the region of how the introduction of MEES will affect them and support them in improving their property’s efficiency rating, if necessary. The service will be publicised to landlords who rent F and G rated properties 

Kate Thomas, Senior Project Manager at CSE said: “We’re encouraging landlords across the South West to call us to find out how they’ll be affected by these new regulations. We’ll be able to give advice on understanding the legislation, deciding what action to take and accessing any available financial support for doing so.”

The TDS Charitable Foundation was set up by TDS, the UK’s leading tenancy deposit protection scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector. In the latest round of funding it gave over £94,000 to 10 organisations across the country. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over £400k in funding support for organisations across England and Wales. 

Professor Martin Partington CBE, QC and Chairman of the TDS Charitable Foundation, said: “Get Ready for MEES is unique project, which we’re proud to support. It can be difficult to understand how changes in energy regulations affect individuals and the work undertaken by Centre for Sustainable Energy will make sure that landlords across the South West understand their obligations.

“The TDS Charitable Foundation goes right to the heart of the private rented market, with grants aimed directly at benefitting tenants and landlords in communities across England and Wales.” 

If you’re a landlord in the South West region and think you might be affected by the changes to MEES call the Centre for Sustainable Energy on 0800 082 2234. Their free-phone advice line is open 9-5pm Monday to Friday.

 

 

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