EV Chargepoint Grant for Flatowner-occupiers, Tenants and Landlords

Find out below if you are eligible to save up to £350 off of your installation costs.

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If you’ve previously explored the grants available to assist with the installation costs of EV charging points, it’s likely that things have changed since you last looked. With a push to get us all to opt for an electric vehicle, the vehicle charge point grant has been updated and the new eligibility criteria came into effect on 1st April 2022

Perhaps the biggest change is that single-use properties are no longer eligible for the grant unless they are rented properties. So while homeowners no longer have access to this funding, those who are flat owner-occupiers, landlords, or tenants can now tap into the new style grants.

By reading on, you’ll learn all about this new style grant for EV charger points. We’re going to let you know all about the eligibility criteria as well as information about installation.

What is the vehicle chargepoint grant?

The Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV)has created a grant that is very similar to the Workplace Charging Scheme(WCS). The grant was introduced to offer an incentive to those who were exploring the use of an electric vehicle. With emission targets to be reached, there is a real need to move drivers away from the use of diesel and petrol. By offering to assist with the costs associated with EV charging points, the hope is that the UK will meet its pledge of banning the sale of new fuelled vehicles by 2030.

This grant is similar to the vehicle chargepoint grant that had previously been available to homeowners. It offers those with an electric vehicle, the chance to claim £350 against the installation costs of an EV charger. The grant is available for one charge point per electric vehicle per household.

Is this grant available now?

Yes, providing that you meet the eligibility criteria, you can now apply for the vehicle chargepoint grant. This has been open for applications since the 1st of April 2022. This was the date that the. homeowner grant came to an end and the new grant was launched which targeted tenants, landlords, and owner-occupiers of flats.

As it stands right now, there is no end date attached to the grant. That being said, if you’re looking for financial assistance against the cost of installation of an EV charging point, the best advice is to apply as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for the government to pull funding and change priorities. Applying now means that you can be sure that you won’t miss out.

A look at eligibility

 The new version of the vehicle chargepoint grant is available for all tenants and landlords, who either live in or own, rental properties such as flats and blocks of apartments. It is also there to be used by those who are renting single-use accommodation. If you fall into these categories, you’ll then need to meet the following criteria:

•  You will need to live in rented accommodation
•  If you do not live in rented accommodation, you must be the owner of a flat or an apartment block
•  You must have an electric vehicle that qualifies. You need to have owned or leased this for at least 6months. Where that is not the case, you need to show that you have ordered either  a new or second-hand electric vehicle (hybrids are acceptable)
•  There must be off-street parking. This means a drive, a garage, or a car park that is dedicated to the building
•  The installation has to be carried out by someone who is approved
•  You can’t have already claimed this grant or the previous version of it

Useful information for landlords

 As well as the eligibility criteria above, there are some other points that landlords need to be aware of. These include:

•  A landlord looking at a grant for EV charging points must be registered with the DVLA
•  Landlords must either be VAT registered or registered with Companies House
•  A landlord can not apply for the vehicle chargepoint grant if they live in the single-unit accommodation where they are seeking EV charger points for
•  The grant doesn’t apply to holiday accommodation
•  As a landlord, you don’t need to own an eligible electric vehicle yourself

Claiming the EV charger grant

 Assuming that you believe that you meet the eligibility criteria, applying for the vehicle chargepoint grant has been made as easy as possible. The first step is to find a reputable company that is authorised to carry out the installation of EV charging points. If you opt to use our services, we will check that you do actually hit all of the criteria and then we apply for the grant on your behalf.

When it comes to being invoiced for the installation of your EV charger, you will clearly see that the amount of the grant is deducted from the amount that is payable.

For an instant bespoke quote and to check eligibility, please complete our online survey found here

How much will an electric vehicle charging point cost?

The cost of an EV charger will vary. The chances are that you will need a 7kW charger for a domestic installation although we do also offer 22kW chargers and both of are suitable and fit with what the OZEV grant allows.

While installation costs may vary due to several factors like cable run length for example, the average UK cost for an EV charger can be anywhere from £600 -£1500mark depending on what charger manufacturer you prefer. Costs Include the grant deduction.

For an instant bespoke quote and to check eligibility, please complete our online survey found here

Final thoughts

Wading through the complexity of government grants can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. We’re hoping that we have gone some way to simplifying the vehicle charge point grant and that you’re now more confident about what this entails.

No one really knows how long grants will be available for so if you meet the eligibility criteria, it makes sense to apply now so that you can make the most of the savings on offer. There is no getting away from the fact that driving an electric vehicle is the future. It makes sense to save on this while you can.

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