LATEST: Heat source pump grants to be introduced in April next year for landlords

Landlords are included in the government’s heat pump grant system announced yesterday, the Natoinal Residential Landlords Association ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - LATEST: Heat source pump grants to be introduced in April next year for landlords | LandlordZONE.

LATEST: Heat source pump grants to be introduced in April next year for landlords

Landlords are included in the government’s heat pump grant system announced yesterday, the Natoinal Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has been confirmed.

The new grants will offer up to £5,000 to property owners to transfer from gas boiler to low-carbon systems such as air and ground source heat pumps.

Although this sounds generous it will only be a contribution to the substantial cost of these systems.

The estimates that a typical air source heat pump installation will cost between £6000 and £8000 while a ground source system will cost between £10,000 and £18,000 depending on the amount of heat required.

Following discussions between the government and the NRLA, officials have indicated that these grants will be available from April next year onwards.

Critical

But the NRLA remains critical of the government’s plans, saying it has ‘again failed to provide the clarity needed by private landlords to plan for the future of their businesses’ and that the detail needed by the sector is unlikely to be revealed until the end of the year.

“Eighty per cent of private rented households have gas central heating and replacing such systems will be both costly and vital to achieving net zero,” says NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle (pictured).

“Providing grants to assist householders and landlords to install heat pumps is a welcome step, but much more is needed to make the Government’s targets achievable.

“Once again private landlords have been left waiting for the Government to publish details of the standards they will be required to comply with, the deadlines they must meet, and how such work should be funded.”

Scepticism of the plans is understandable – the government’s much lauded Green Homes Grant scheme fell well short of expectations.

Problems administrating its voucher system both for landlords and the suppliers tasked with providing the green upgrades eventually led to its cancellation in March this year.

Watch all the different types of heat pump (water, air, ground, etc) available for houses.

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Minister rebuffs calls for law change to help landlords accept more pets

The government has rebuffed calls for the law to be altered to make it easier for landlords to accept tenants with pets.

Housing minister Eddie Hughes at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has told parliament that Ministers have no plans at this time to amend the law relating to pets in the private rented sector.

The MP for Walsall North once again referenced recent changes to the official but only ‘advisory’ , which he told MPs make it easier for tenants with pets to find private landlords who will accept them.

“The revision aims to strike the balance between protecting private landlords from situations where their properties are damaged by badly behaved pets and ensuring responsible pet owning tenants are not unfairly penalised,” he told Labour MP and housing campaigner Zarah Sultana in response to her question on the subject.

The housing minister’s comments will be a disappointment to the considerable number of campaigners both within and outside parliament who have been lobbying for changes to the.

Deposits

Its regulations, which became law in full last year, now make it difficult for landlords and letting agents to ask tenants for an additional ‘pet deposit’.

As the law stands, these are considered to be prohibited payments.

This was a point that , along with over 40 other MPs and Lords, had been pressing the government to consider before his tragic death last week.

Amess, who was the Conservative MP for Southend West was due to ask a question in parliament this week on behalf of the campaign about changing the legislation.



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