The TDS Charitable Foundation’s annual review shows a number of completed funded projects. ‘Getting Ready for MEES’ is one. Since April 2018 all properties having a new or renewed tenancy must have an EPC rating of at least “E”. From 1 April 2020, this will be extended to all rented domestic properties (including existing tenancies).
With £14,050 in funding from the Foundation, the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) sought to support landlords in the South West to better understand their obligations around new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), avoid fines, claim grants for energy efficiency measures, improving both their properties and their tenants’ wellbeing.
365 landlords benefited from direct advice and 382 landlords received information on MEES.
The project has been vital in shaping discussions with senior civil servants from BEIS (the government department responsible for MEES).
The early findings from the project have been utilised by CSE to convince BEIS to properly fund five pilots in England to understand the resources needed to improve landlord awareness.
Another successful project is the Brushstrokes Community Project, which is a project of Father Hudson’s, which has worked with migrants in Sandwell since 2000.
The TDS Charitable Foundation provided a grant of £9,994 for The Safe and Sound project.
The project has demonstrated that there is an increased demand for housing and welfare advice, particularly among EU nationals, which is not being met in this particular area.