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Important changes to the CosyDevon scheme

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From midnight on 23 January 2015 loft and cavity wall insulation will no longer be available through CosyDevon unless you are a homeowner or private tenant and you are claiming certain income related qualifying benefits. Applications made before midnight on 23 January that are still in the pipeline post this date will be honoured.

 

The change to the scheme is due to E.ON, the scheme's delivery partner, meeting its nationwide ECO targets ahead of schedule.  As a result E.ON is focusing its investment on those families more at risk of being in fuel poverty which has always been the key focus of CosyDevon.

The measures that will be available from 24 January 2015 will be as follows:

For all homeowners, private landlords and their tenants regardless of income

  • Subsidised external wall insulation

For homeowners and private tenants on qualifying income related benefits:

  • Free loft insulation
  • Free cavity wall insulation
  • A replacement A rated boiler if your current boiler is broken or isn't working properly and installed before 2005. There will be a contribution required to the cost of replacement boilers through this offer.

Please note: This offer is subject to eligibility, survey, proof of qualifying benefits, availability and may be withdrawn.

 

New affordable finance assistance

In partnership with Wessex Home Improvement Loans we have increased assistance available. More information can be found on our Loans and Housing Repairs Assistance page.

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Services  for landlords and private tenants

In the case of tenants of private landlords and housing associations some laws are enforced by the Private Sector Housing Team, Environmental Services.

  • Where a landlord fails to do repairs or where the home lacks proper facilities (such as bathroom facilities), the Council can require him to do the necessary works and if he still doesn't do them, the Council can do the works at the landlord's expense and/or prosecute;
  • Houses used as bedsits, hostels etc which are shared by people who do not form a single household are subject to special requirements including number of toilets, bathrooms and kitchens as well as fire precautions;
  • Tenants of Mid Devon District Council should address all enquires to Housing Services.

The Council also provides Disabled Facilities Grants to tenants.  These grants are available to provide defined adaptations for people who are registered as disabled.                                             

Disputes between those renting and letting a property are often caused by misunderstandings that could be prevented by having access to better information on the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords. The factsheets are downloadable on the right of this page.

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Services to Owner Occupiers

The Council is always willing to provide advice to property owners on such matters as disrepair, amenities, energy conservation etc and offer the following grants:-
Disabled Facilities grants are available to provide adaptations for people who are registered as disabled.  This can include ramps, bathroom facilities and stairlifts. Assistance is also available to help a disabled person move home.

Assistance is available in certain circumstances to any home which is in Council Tax bands A-D, see Summary of Private Sector Renewal Assistance 2012 (to the side of this page)

For more information on  housing condition, disabled facilities grants, disrepair and energy efficiency in the private sector contact Environmental Services on 01884 244601/2/3/9 or email ehadmin@middevon.gov.uk

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Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. It replaced CORGI. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your appliances and always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. For more information and to find and check an engineer go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. Take care, be Gas Safe.

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