New initiative aims to help warm up South Gloucestershire
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We have launched a new initiative called Warm Up South Gloucestershire to help improve heating and insulation in rented properties in the area.
We are offering landlords significant help to improve inefficient properties in a bid to protect tenants against cold, draughty houses.
Warm Up South Gloucestershire is designed to make homes cosier, healthier places to live by offering measures ranging from heating upgrades and cavity wall insulation to loft insulation, draught proofing and double glazing. There is also a limited amount of additional support available to landlords for installing a new gas connection if required.
The initiative applies to landlords who own properties with an F or G energy rating, which means they’re very energy inefficient, and offers two thirds off, up to a maximum of £3,000, for home improvement measures.
Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Adults and Housing Committee Cllr John Ashe said: “Warm Up South Gloucestershire is designed with local people in mind. We’ve identified the private rented sector properties and their residents as being most in need of support and we’ve developed an appropriate way to help them.
“Many people in the area live in rented accommodation so it’s important that these homes are up to scratch. We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of local residents and by supporting landlords we hope to see positive change and a warmer winter for everyone.”
We have secured government funding to deliver the measures and work will be completed by a largely local small and medium sized enterprise (SME) supply chain to ensure that South Gloucestershire businesses benefit. The funding was secured in conjunction with Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council who are running their own Warm Up campaigns.
The funding for the scheme is limited, so residents are encouraged to act quickly to take advantage of the funding.
It’s easy to apply and landlords are encouraged to call the Warm Up South Gloucestershire team on 0800 980 09 02 to find out more. Tenants are advised to speak to their landlords about the scheme.
For further details visit our website www.warmupsouthglos.co.uk
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