The Green Deal for tenants

Both private and social housing tenants can apply to the Green Deal scheme, regardless of your financial circumstances.

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The Green Deal is open to all U.K. tenants. The Green Deal loan is attached to the property rather than you. Whoever pays the electricity bill is responsible for paying back the Green Deal loan, regardless of whether that’s you or your landlord. When you leave the property, you’re no longer responsible for the repayments – your landlord is until he finds new tenants, who the responsibility will pass to if they pay the bills.

Either you or your landlord can apply for a Green Deal for the property. It’s important that you have each other’s permission to apply, and that you agree on the improvements and the repayment amounts.

 

Social housing tenants

If you’re living in social housing, your landlord or housing provider may be able to help you with your application. They may be a Green Deal Provider themselves, so check with them before going ahead with another Provider. If you have a prepaid electricity meter you can still apply to the scheme – the repayments will be taken from the meter balance instead.

 

ECO can help you pay for Green Deal measures

If you’re on a low income, there’s a complementary scheme to the Green Deal called the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). It provides grants for low income households to get Green Deal improvements free of charge, as well as help paying for more expensive improvements such as solid wall insulation. More information is available here.

 

FAQs

What is the Green Deal?
The Energy Bill introduced to Parliament on 8 December 2010 includes provision for the new 'Green Deal', which is intended to revolutionise the energy efficiency of British properties. The Government is establishing a framework to enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and to recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill.
How much will be made available via Green Deal Finance & Green Deal Grants?
Originally, the government suggested that around £6,500 will be available per home. However, the coalition government have hinted at that figure rising to around £10,000. Nothing is confirmed however, a home will only receive what is needed to sufficiently improve the energy efficiency.
Will Green Deal Finance & Green Deal Grants cover renewable energy?
Currently the green deal finance is focused on insulation, draught proofing and double glazing, but it is understood that the green deal finance and green deal grants will stretch to include some renewable energy sources also.
Can I install the measures now and apply for Green Deal Finance at a later date?
There is no information is yet available regarding retrospective Green Deal Finance.
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