I’m actually quite pissed off that I only recently found out about this scheme. Of course, I can’t apply for it now because I don’t currently have any DSS Tenants or any tenants in receivership of any qualified benefits. However, I’m tempted to get DSS tenants when I have an available property just to benefit from this scheme.
The “Warm Front” government-funded scheme
“Warm Front” is a government-funded scheme which provides grants to make a home warmer, healthier and more energy-efficient.
What does the Warm Front Grant provide?
The grant provides energy-efficiency advice and a package of insulation and heating improvements tailored to each property up to the value of £3,500. Some homes that need oil central heating may receive a grant of up to £6,000.
The improvements include the following:
- Loft insulation
- Cavity-wall insulation
- Hot-water-tank insulation
- Gas, electric or oil central heating
- Glass-fronted fire
Do I qualify?
Warm Front Grants are for people who own their home or rent it from a private landlord AND are on certain benefits. One of the benefits listed is “Housing Benefit”, which is why this is particularly useful for landlords with DSS tenants.
Tenants receiving any of the following benefits can also apply for the grant:
- Working Tax Credit – with an income of less than £16,040 and which must include a 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
- Housing Benefit – which must include a disability premium
- Council Tax Benefit – which must include a disability premium
- War Disablement Pension – which must include mobility supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit – which must include Constant Attendance Allowance
How to apply for a grant
This is the important part. The landlord isn’t directly entitled to the grant, it’s the tenant who is entitled. So it’s in the best interest of both tenant and landlord to work together, so they can both benefit from this grant.
Improving efficiency of a property will benefit both tenant and landlord because it will help keep utility bills down for the tenant and increase the value of the property for the landlord, and make it more desirable. It’s a win/win situation for everyone involved.
If you think your tenant is entitled to receiving this grant, they can find out more information on the Warn Front Website.
There is limited funding
The Warm Front scheme is funded by Government and has a set budget for this year. The budget is reached pretty quickly as it’s highly in demand, so it’s not always available. But it’s always worth applying and also investigating when the budget is reset, so you know when to apply. There really is nothing to lose.
The scheme is legit, and open for abuse (kinda)
I actually found out about this scheme from a “random”, who had actually benefited from the scheme. However, she did it in a way which could be deemed as ethically grey by some people. You be the judge.
What she did was purchase a house which she intended to live in. However, before moving into the property, she rented it out for 12 months to a DSS tenant. While the tenant was in there, she asked the tenant to apply for the grant. The tenant received the grant, and consequently had a new heating system installed, because the previous boiler was old and inefficient.
In the mean time, the landlord was living with her parents.
I’m not entirely sure how easy it is to get away with practices like that, but it’s just an indication that the grant is very real and can be seen as an extremely good perk for landlords that have DSS tenants.
Has anyone heard of this scheme and/or taken advantage of it?
Just wondering if any landlord of tenant has heard of the scheme and/or applied for the grant? Let me know about your experience, innit!
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