Mitie, the FTSE 250 outsourcing company, has been appointed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) as its exclusive Green Deal installer.
The NLA, the leading association for private residential landlords in the UK, awarded the contract to Mitie as the government officially launched the Green Deal.
Mitie, which already manages over 200,000 tenanted properties in the UK, was chosen because it has the technical capabilities and national reach to assess and install the right measures for landlords across the country.
The Green Deal, set up by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, supports the introduction of energy efficiency measures to all buildings.
There are dozens of measures installers can implement in domestic dwellings including loft insulation, double glazing, boiler replacements, central heating systems and solar panels.
The initial cost of installing these measures is funded by an approved Green Deal Provider and repaid through savings made on energy bills, up to a period of 25 years.
Some properties and tenants may also be eligible for subsidies under the £1.3bn ECO schemes – paid for by energy companies – so that installations funded through these schemes do not need to be repaid.
By 2016, private landlords will be unable to refuse reasonable requests by their tenants for green deal improvement, and by 2018, they will be unable to rent properties that have an F or G Energy Performance Rating.
Early adopters of the Green Deal scheme are eligible to claim cash-back for each measure installed to a property. The cash-back is paid directly from a £125m fund set up by the government.
It is available on a first come first served basis and payments can be worth in excess of £1,000 depending on the number of measures installed.
Richard Lambert, NLA chief executive officer, said:
“Partnering with Mitie enables us to offer all private landlords an end-to-end, cost-effective solution with energy company subsidy and/or Green Deal finance.
“We selected Mitie because of its national delivery capability, its track record of delivering home and energy improvements to tenanted properties, and its relationship with different ECO and Green Deal Providers, ensuring the best solution for both landlords and tenants.”
Stephen Giacchino, director for strategy and corporate development at Mitie, said:
“This is a great opportunity for Mitie to further expand its domestic energy services offering. We are looking forward to working with the NLA to help landlords maximise the investment benefit that the Green Deal brings to their portfolio, while delivering energy savings and increased comfort to their tenants.”
The DECC estimates that expenditure on Green Deal measures is likely to be worth up to £17 billion during the next 10 years.
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About the NLA
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is the UK’s leading organisation for private-residential landlords. It has over 20,000 paid-up members, ranging from full-time landlords with large property portfolios to those with just a single letting, with a collective portfolio of over 200,000 properties.
NLA membership helps landlords make a success of their lettings business by providing a wide range of information, advice and services.
The NLA campaigns for the legitimate interests of landlords by seeking to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and by making landlords’ collective voice heard in the media. It seeks to raise standards in the private-rented sector while aiming to ensure that landlords are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities.
Based at its head office in Central London, the NLA currently employs over 40 full-time staff and has a network of more than 40 regional representatives and branches throughout the UK.
Landlords and tenants are able to access information and book Green Deal assessments through an interactive website, www.nlagreendeal.org.uk and a dedicated green deal customer help line - 01844 265439. Assessments are carried out by independent accredited Green Deal Assessors, with works subsequently delivered by Mitie.
About the Green Deal
The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship initiative to improve the energy efficiency of properties. Landlords can make energy saving improvements to their properties without having to pay all the costs up front through the Green Deal.
The cost of the measures are attached to the electricity bill and repaid by the tenant. Importantly, the new bill must be lower than if the works had not been carried out at all. For more information, visit www.landlords.org.uk/greendeal