Government Grants For Landlords – Review

Government Grants For Landlords – Review

Not a match made in heaven unfortunately.

 After 5 years of dealing with private tenants to upgrade their heating and insulation, I have had to adopt certain measures in order to get the job done !


My Dilemma

Getting a home improvement grant installed for landlords whether for new central heating or insulation upgrades through to completion and installed in a rented property has always been extremely challenging to say the least.

You would think that there would be a lot of enthusiasm from both tenant and landlord , not to mention gratefulness.

However, my findings have been that the landlord usually wanted it all done for him / her and would not lift a finger unless he had to! Tenant apathy was also a big problem with little interest in helping the landlord improve his property.

Failed applications


When I first started out, I had loads of failed jobs much to my frustration! As a very conscientious type of person, I had many a sleepless night too !

These failed jobs were usually down to : ·    

     Unable to contact tenant. ·  –     Incomplete paperwork. ·        -No access to property for surveys or install. ·     Tenant refusal.

I could never understand why the tenant would be so unenthusiastic towards a measure that would benefit them financially ( smaller heating bills ) and make their home more cosy.



The Penny Drops finally


After much deliberation and research which involved speaking to many tenants I finally put my finger on the reasons why. These include: ·        

A lot of tenants I have come across do loathe their landlord and would not **** on him if he was on fire ! Failure to do repairs to the property , high rents , lack of interest in property maintenance have all taken their toll on the tenant / landlord relationship unfortunately. ·        

Lots of tenants move on after 6 months ( after running up lots of arrears ! ) so do not want to do something that will only benefit their landlord or new incoming tenant. Why should they care!

I do find that the majority of my clients are short term tenants. I wonder why !


   No tenant incentive. 

warm front grants


Many landlords have happily accepted their free / discounted boiler without making small provision for the tenant whose benefits have made this £2000 gift to them possible.

A small gift voucher or discount off the rent would have done wonders for the goodwill of the relationship.

If the landlord calls I again explain that our installers will only deal with the property owner and that he will have to be at the property for survey and installs.  Any resistance = deleted enquiry. ·       

The Answer





I do like to react to problems quickly and put a fix in place. I do have this nailed now and very rarely get a problem with rented property’s. ( What a clever boy  am ! lol)
·         When I get an enquiry from a tenant , I always insist that the landlord calls me as I explain that we are only allowed to deal with the property owner. No landlord call = deleted enquiry. ·        

   I will only supply landlord numbers to my installers so that the landlord HAS to be involved if he wants the boiler or insulation measure.



My Findings-  Has it worked?


This has worked out really well as I have found that landlord  will not want to miss out on a £2000 boiler ·    

     Will not be so quick to cancel if asked for a contribution if they have had to put themselves out and attend the property for surveys.

They will have to get up early to catch me out !


Summary


If you are working as an energy surveyor / lead generator and want to ensure all your grant applications get installed AND you get paid………….. Only deal with the landlord.

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