CSE supports Mendip landlords to improve EPC ratings with £49k funding boost

7 January 2022

CSE, in partnership with Mendip District Council, has successfully bid for £49,057 to support landlords with the least energy efficient properties to improve their properties and meet their legal obligations. The project will target homes that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below Band E, supporting tenants in Mendip to live in warmer, more energy efficient properties.

Mendip council and CSE will work together to support local landlords to improve their EPC ratings through education, training and events. Information will also be gathered by CSE on EPC ratings across the district, which the council will use to investigate and take appropriate enforcement action on private landlords who do not meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations.

Sonia Pruzinsky, CSE Project Manager said: “CSE tackles the root causes of cold homes. This involves increasing people’s awareness of energy efficiency, helping to insulate or improve homes and working with local councils. We are really pleased to work with Mendip District Council to support the compliance and enforcement of the MEES Regulations, securing positive outcomes for both landlords and tenants. We're well placed to get started; as one of the UK's leading energy advice providers, we have lots of experience working with landlords along with access to data to help identify the most at-risk properties."

The funding comes from the Private Rented Sector (PRS) MEES Compliance and Enforcement Funding competition, launched by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The competition saw local authorities bid from a £4.3m pot dedicated to helping them engage with the most difficult to reach landlords with the worst performing properties. The Midlands Energy Hub manages the national delivery of the competition on behalf of BEIS and has allocated the funding to 59 successful councils out of 117 who applied.

Cllr Richard Pinnock, Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Governance, said: “We’re pleased to have secured this funding, and delighting to be working with CSE. CSE’s knowledge and experience of the rental sector means Mendip landlords are in safe hands. Their expertise will also support our Private Sector Housing team ensure landlords adhere to the MEES regulations. The partnership will lead to Mendip tenants living in warmer, more energy efficient homes which could help them save money off bills.”

Michael Gallagher, Head of Midlands Energy Hub, said: “Midlands Energy Hub are delighted to be supporting Mendip District Council with the PRS Enforcement Competition, funded by BEIS. Through improving the quality of housing stock, the whole project looks to target over 95,000 of the worst-performing private rented homes with the ultimate aim of tackling fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions produced by the domestic housing sector.”

If you’re a landlord and need help improving the EPC of your property and accessing available grants, please contact the CSE: www.cse.org.uk.or visit www.mendip.gov.uk/landlords.

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