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Free ‘room in a roof’ insulation

February 3, 2017 | Landlord News  

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Following the 2011 Energy Act, which comes into force in April 2018, all rental properties must be rated ‘E’ or higher on the EPC scale. Any properties rated F or G will no longer be allowed to let to Tenants. We feel this will also be increased to cover other bands in the future to ensure private rented stock meets the correct energy ratings.

Benefits of using the scheme


The benefits to you and your Tenants are:

  • Completely free of charge
  • New 10 Year EPC
  • Reduce Tenants heating bills by up to 30%
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Attic rooms warmer in winter and cooler in summer
  • Helps to reduce damp and condensation
  • Your property becomes more attractive to new Tenants
  • No debt attached to the property / meter
  • Act now whilst the funds are still in place
  • Priority list for upcoming free solar scheme

Why are we doing this?

From April 2016, Private Residential Landlords will be unable to refuse a Tenant’s reasonable request for consent to energy efficiency improvements to a property, where a finance package such as Green Deal and/or the Energy Company Obligation is available.

As of April 2018, it will be against the law to rent out either residential or commercial premises where a minimum energy efficiency standard has not been achieved. The rating that premises will have to meet is an EPC rating E.

Once this provision comes into force, Landlords will not be able to let that property until appropriate certain energy efficiency improvements have been made or face a £5000 fine.

This means that Landlords of buildings that are currently rated F/G have some time to make the necessary improvements.

We have teamed up with a local contractor who currently receives funding to provide all of the insulation works requires, completely free of charge.

The company we have chosen are fully accredited, with a team of approved installers that have carried out over 1500 installs in the area already.

Make your property a warmer place for your Tenants to live

Attic conversions have been recognised as one of the core sources of heat loss and carbon emissions within a property.

As a result the government have targeted attic conversions in their drive to reduce carbon emissions and undertake their obligations under the Kyoto Agreement.

With thousands of insulation installs already completed by their highly skilled and fully accredited workforce, they have improved the living conditions of properties plus helped numerous Landlords to carry out their obligations under the 2011 Energy Act.

How it works

An assessor will visit your property and carry out an Energy Performance Assessment on your property to verify whether your property applies for the funding.

If your property is approved for the free ‘room in a roof’ insulation funding, we will contact the Tenants and book a date for the contractors to carry out the attic insulation.

The insulation fitted will be:

  • 30mm Kingspan insulation between the rafters
  • 150mm earthwool on sloping ceiling
  • 300mm earthwool in the eaves

If and when required, or if any access panels have been made, a decorator will visit the property shortly after the works to return the room to its original condition.

Once the work is completed we will contact you to find out if you would like a brand new 10 year EPC creating to show the improvement. This is chargeable at a cost of £40 plus VAT.

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FAQs

Is it free of charge?
Yes, it is completely free of charge.

Who funds the work?
The work is funded by the energy companies who have carbon reduction targets to achieve. By insulating the property they can then offset the carbon saving against their targets.

How does it benefit the property?
It makes the rooms warmer in winter and cooler in summer. It substantially reduces heating bills and helps with damp and condensation. In addition to this it increases the properties energy efficiency and helps the Landlord undertake their obligations under the 2011 Energy Act, which from April 2016 will be compulsory.

How long does the install take?
A typical install takes 3 to 4 hours on an average house.

Will there be any disruption to the room?
No, all furniture and other items are covered and protected. All valuables should be removed from the room.

Can the work be carried out whilst the Tenants are in occupancy of the property?
Yes, there will be minimum disruption caused and we will arrange a convenient time with the Tenant on a date that is suitable for them.


How many properties can this be installed on?
As long as the free EPC Survey and site survey is successful and passed, then there is no limit to the number of properties for the installation work.


Benefits for Landlords


  • Increase the energy performance rating of the house
  • Reduce mould and condensation
  • Peace of mind of a professional and highly skilled installation team
  • Improve Landlord/Tenant relationsReceive a new Energy Performance Certificate (chargeable)
  • Help carry out your obligations under 2011 Energy Act


Benefits for Tenants


  • Attic rooms will be warmer to live in
  • Reduce mould and condensation
  • Reduce heating bills by 30%


To find out more information about this scheme please call our dedicated team on 0113 320 2000.

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