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.

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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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. “There is a catch. Landlords must be VAT registered or registered at Companies House to be eligible.”

    Yep….sounds great until you realis how many landlords will not be eligible for the funding.

    Green gesturing with scant commitment again!

  2. Potentially jew cables and fuses will be needed.

    Most domestic cabling and main fuses CAN’T cope with the increased amperage.

    Just to increase from a 75 to 100 amp I was quoted £950.

    That was just to facilitate an electric shower.

    I declined.
    Years later the works were done for free.

    Domestic chargers will cost thousands of £ to install.

    Just not viable.

  3. The vast majority of the sector is not VAT registered or corporate, most PRS housing will not have private parking and very few of those still left as qualifying will have tenants who can affort electric cars. Can’t see huge take up, nor can I see that this is good use of government money. I reckon anything we can do on climate change will already have been wiped out by the impact on climate of the hostilities in Ukraine alone. Better use of government funds would be to promote domestic oil and gas production to reduce reliance on overseas supplies notably from Russia until and unless reliable ‘green’ alternatives are devised. Russia is not going to stop exploitation of its fossil fuels because the west demands it.

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