Ensure Tenants Utilise The Warmfront Scheme

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With the new coalition government’s emphasis on energy and the need for homes to come in line with the aim of cost efficiency for consumers and for the environment, still many landlords are unaware of the Warmfront initiative.

Originally established to aid low income households, it is regulated through EAGA and sanctioned by DEFRA, offering grants to people on various benefits.  They particularly ask landlords for their support and the scheme is willing to pay for the following:

  • Loft Installation
  • Cavity Wall Installation
  • Central Heating Installation
  • Hot Water Tank Installation
  • Draught Proofing
  • Conversion of Open Solid-Fuel Fires to Modern Glass-Fronted Fires

Presently, those eligible are tenants which receive one of the following:

Warm Front Grant

Your tenants may qualify if they have a child under 16 or are pregnant and have a maternity certificate MAT

B1 and also receive one or more of the following benefits:

• Income Support

• Council Tax Benefit

• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

• Housing Benefit

• Pension Credit

Or your tenants may also qualify if they receive one or more of the following benefits:

• Working Tax Credit with an income of less than £16,040 and Disability element

• Child Tax Credit with an income of less than £16,040

• Attendance Allowance

• Disability Living Allowance

• Income Support (which must include a Disability Premium)

• Council Tax (which must include a Disability Premium)

• Housing Benefit (which must include a Disability Premium)

• War Disablement Pension (which must a mobility supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance)

• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (which must include Constant Attendance Allowance)

Your tenants may also qualify if they are over 60 and receiving one of the following benefits:

• Pension Credit

• Housing Benefit

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Council Tax Benefit

As changes to the Tax Credit benefits system are set to change, this may effect a tenant’s eligibility.  Landlords who are not currently benefiting from the Warmfront scheme should contact them now for advice.  The grant is worth £3,500 or up to £6000 for oil central heating.

By
Madalena Penny

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