Government ministers have launched an electric vehicle ‘charge point grant’ for landlords to encourage more homes within the UK to accommodate electric vehicle ownership.
Under the scheme, both residential and commercial landlords will be able to apply for 75 per cent of the cost of charging points as electric vehicle ownership soars – up 186% during 2020, official figures show.
The new system replaces the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme and provides landlords across the whole of the UK up to £350 where they own parking areas – previously only tenants had been given access to the scheme.
There is a catch. Landlords must be VAT registered or registered at Companies House to be eligible.
A related scheme enables tenants to apply for a similar grant on their own behalf, so where landlords do not meet the registration requirements – for example, if they are not company or VAT registered landlords – then tenants can apply themselves for a grant to have a charging point installed.
Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns at trade association Propertymark, says: “The announcement is welcomed and due to the size of the private rented sector and the substantial role it will play in a greener future, we hope that in time, the scope of eligible landlords can be widened to meet the changing needs of tenants and help towards our Net Zero targets.”
There are several conditions that must be met to be eligible for a grant which are being administered by DVLA on behalf of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, and are claimed using a manual process initially, with a digital service expected in the Summer of 2022.
Read more about the scheme.