Bristol is running two campaigns aimed to lend a helping hand to the private rented sector (PRS). Funding for energy improvements of poor performing properties, and property advertising services are on offer for proactive landlords.
Bristol City Council is offering up to £3,000 for F or G rated rented properties in a bid to bring them closer to reputable Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings. The scheme allows for properties to invest in:
- Boiler replacement
- Electrical heating upgrades
- Double glazing
- Conversion to gas (in some cases can fully fund gas connections)
All properties within the Private Rented Sector (PRS) must be up to at least an ‘E’ EPC rating by 1st April 2018 under new legislation, but this date could come forward to 2016 so waiting is not an option. Energy efficiency improvements can also help landlords and tenants save on energy bills.
The funding is limited and will run until 31st March 015…act now to avoid disappointment!
Lets Help You – advertise properties
Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire local authorities have formed a partnership to a new free website is available for landlords and agents to advertise property vacancies. Even if the property is currently occupied the website holds information and will only display the vacancies when you [landlord/agent] decide to publish the details.
The council will proactively send private tenants to the website, https://westofengland.letshelpyou.co.uk/lets/ , which can be accessed using portable devices.
For more information be sure to visit the website www.letshelpyou.co.uk for more information and list of benefits (other than the fact that it’s free!).