Guide for Landlords OZEV Changes

Guide for Landlords OZEV Changes

With the changes made to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicle (OZEV) grant, from 1st April 2022 landlords are now able to apply for the EV Chargepoint Scheme.  Currently the service is manual, but it is soon to become digital and the process is slightly different for landlords wishing to claim this grant than for a tenant or flat owner. 

Register

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Firstly, whether you are residential or commercial, you will need your eligibility for the grant to be confirmed so you must register as a landlord.  To do this you complete the EV chargepoint grant registration form and send it to LandlordAccounts@dvla.gov.uk.  Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will receive a landlord registration number and an OZEV registered installer will then be able to carry out the installation/s. 

Details needed for landlord registration

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Aside from a contact email address, to register as a landlord you will need either:

  • Company registration number from Companies House and a corresponding postal address, or
  • VAT registration number and corresponding postal address

If you are not registered at Companies House or do not have a VAT registration, then you will not be able to apply for the grant.

Who can apply?

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If you fall under one of the following categories, you will be eligible to apply:

  • Landlord of rented property
  • Property Factor/Property Managing company
  • Owner of freehold of leased/rented property
  • Owner of a building’s common areas/manager of the building
  • Social housing provider – privately registered (PRP)
  • Public authority (e.g., government departments, emergency services)
  • Charity

What does the grant cover?

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Landlords can claim up to 200 grants per annum for residential properties and an additional 100 grants for commercial properties.  You will be able to claim for up to 75% of the installation cost but the usual cap of £350 per installation applies.  The installation/s can be carried out at single or numerous properties (provided that OZEV criteria are met). 

Use the right application form

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You must ensure that you use separate applications according to whether the installation/s is for residential or staff or fleet use.  If you complete a residential application for a commercial installation, your claim will be rejected and the same applies if you complete a commercial installation application for a residential property.

What properties are eligible?

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  • The property must be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
  • Single unit residential properties (flats, houses) but not your own residence.
  • Multiple unit residential properties (apartment blocks)
  • Commercially let properties where the tenant has dedicated parking specifically for staff or fleet use (cannot be for public use)

NB: Holiday rentals are not covered by this grant.

Eligible Chargepoints

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If a chargepoint is to be installed in a residential building, then it must be on the OZEV approved list of chargepoints for residential buildings.  If the chargepoint is to be installed in a commercial property, then it needs to be listed on the OZEV Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) approved list of chargepoints.

 

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New EV Chargepoint Grant Replaces Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)

New EV Chargepoint Grant Replaces Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)

To help accelerate the provision of EV chargepoints in flats and rental accommodation the reformed Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) began on 1st April 2022.  The new scheme is now called the EV Chargepoint Grant and is available to flat owner-occupiers and those living in rented accommodation. 

For now, grants will still be completed manually until a new digital service is put into place, which should be later this year.  The same list of OZEV approved chargepoints and eligible vehicles applies.  You can click on the links below to check that yours is listed.

EVHS approved chargepoints 

EVHS eligible vehicles

Under the new EV Chargepoint Grant scheme, providing you fulfil the criteria, you will still be eligible to claim up to 75% of the cost of purchase and installation of a new chargepoint.  The amount you are eligible for will still be capped at the maximum pay-out of £350 per installation. 

Flat Owner-Occupiers and People Living in Rented Accommodation

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As I said earlier, the new EV Chargepoint grant is open to homeowners who live in flats as well as people living in rental accommodation such as flats and single-use properties.  The main criteria are that you own, lease or have ordered a qualifying vehicle and as with the old EVHS scheme you must have off-road parking at the property.  You must also live in rental accommodation or own the flat where the chargepoint unit is to be installed.

Property Criteria

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This grant is for existing domestic properties only.  It cannot be claimed for new-builds or empty properties and the property must have off-road parking

You must be registered at the property (This will be checked by vehicle registration details).  For rented or leasehold properties where the tenant or leaseholder will be applying for the grant, permission must be obtained from the relevant parties and you must be able to prove it. 

If cabling or materials need to be situated in or on another person’s property or on public land, then permissions must be agreed and a legally binding agreement or covenant be put in place before installation.

A Few Changes

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Although the EV ChargePoint Grant is a similar system to the original EVHS there are a few changes:

  • You must live in rental accommodation or be the owner of a flat
  • The installer must confirm ownership of the property
  • Only one Chargepoint per grant (under the old EVHS scheme you could claim for 2 if you had 2 EVs)

How It Works

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  • You choose your OZEV registered installer
  • Installer checks you meet all the criteria and applies for the grant on your behalf
  • Installer bills you for the installation minus the grant allowance

Vehicle Ownership/Keepership

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You will be eligible for the EV Chargepoint Grant as long as you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are the registered keeper of a new/second-hand electric vehicle (The registered keeper is the one who pays the road tax and MOT, not necessarily the owner of the vehicle).
  • You are assigned a company car for the minimum of 6 months.
  • You lease an eligible vehicle for 6 months or more.
  • You lease an eligible vehicle through a salary sacrifice scheme.
  • You are named by your employer as the primary user of an eligible vehicle for the minimum of 6 months
  • You have an eligible vehicle on order

NB: You must provide evidence for whichever category you may fall under

Monthly Leasing

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For monthly leases, the DVLA will only accept a claim once you have leased the vehicle for the minimum of 6 months and you can prove it.

EV with Chargepoint Bundle

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If you are taking out a lease on a vehicle that includes a chargepoint then you will be eligible for the grant if:

  • The vehicle is on the OZEV list of eligible vehicles
  • Installation is to be at your home and you have off-road parking
  • The lease must state that you will be the owner of the chargepoint once payment has been made
  • Ensure chargepoint warrantee meets OZEV requirements and vehicle lease will exceed 6 months

Under these circumstances the itemised cost of the chargepoint and installation including VAT is the price against which the grant will be offset (A copy of your vehicle lease agreement will need to be submitted with your application for verification purposes).

When You Cannot Claim

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You will not be eligible for the grant if you:

  • Have previously been awarded funding but have now moved home.
  • Buy a new car but the chargepoint that you have previously received a grant for is not compatible
  • Update an old chargepoint to a new one
  • Wish to claim the cost of moving an existing chargepoint to a new property (If you are moving to a new home that has an old chargepoint installed then you would be eligible providing you have not previously received funding)

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Guide to applying for the Workbased Charging Scheme for Charities and Small Accommodation Businesses

Guide to applying for the Workbased Charging Scheme for Charities and Small Accommodation Businesses

The Workbased Charging Scheme is run by the Office for Zero Emissions and administered by the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA).  The WCS is a voucher-based scheme that aims to provide eligible applicants with grants to help pay for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints. 

There have been some changes made to the scheme recently and from 1st April 2022 Charities and Small Accommodation Businesses are also able to apply for this grant to provide chargepoints for their guests and visitors.  This makes the WCS now open to businesses, charities and public sector organisations.  Applications can be made through the WCS portal providing the businesses are in Wales, England, Ireland or Scotland and that the owner meets certain criteria. 

What WCS will cover

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The WCS grant will cover up to 75% of the total cost (Including VAT) of buying and installing an EV chargepoint.  The total is capped at £350 per socket.  As long as you meet the criteria you can have up to 40 sockets installed across any sites that you own (providing that they are situated in Wales, England, Ireland or Scotland).  If you apply for less than 40 sockets, you can submit new applications continuously until you have reached the 40-socket limit.

Eligibility

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Under this extended scheme, to be eligible to claim the WCS voucher the applicant must be either a registered charity or an accommodation business with fewer than 249 employees and the site where installation is planned must have:

  • Designated off-road parking with spaces suitable for chargepoint installations.
  • All spaces where chargepoints are to be installed must be designated to the applicant. If the applicant is not the owner, then they will need written permission from the owner to have chargepoints installed.
  • Each site must have a minimum 3kW power supply to each individual socket that does not diminish when/if several sockets are being used at once. (It is wise to have a WCS registered installer carry out a site survey before applying for the grant to check this supply)
  • Only one socket can be installed per each parking space.

 

NB: Only existing designated off-road parking is eligible for the scheme.  Parking areas that have not yet been built will not be eligible.

Other Criteria to be met

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When applying for the WCS you can only apply to install a WCS approved chargepoint and you can only use an WCS approved installer.  As well as this, the chargepoint unit must be brand new.  A second-hand unit will not be acceptable.  You must also apply for the grant before you have a chargepoint installed as you will not be eligible to claim the WCS voucher afterwards.

Once you have applied successfully you will be issued a voucher with a unique code by email.  You give this voucher code to your WCS approved installer who will then claim the grant on your behalf once installation has been completed.  Expired vouchers will not be accepted so your install/s need to be completed within 180 days of the date of issue.

Small accommodation businesses

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These are businesses that have less than 249 employees such as hotels, bed & breakfast establishments, holiday and other short-stay accommodations, camping sites, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks.

De minimis rules

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Some funding to organisations through the WCS may be classed as state aid which is normally prohibited under European Union (EU) law.  Small amounts of help have been accepted as being within EU law under the de minimis rules.  These rules state that you must not have exceeded €200,000 of public support within the last 3 financial years, including any funds that may be pending. If you are not defined as a public authority, then you will have to make a de minimis declaration when applying for the WCS.  (See Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1407/2013  if you are unsure).

Evidence

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The evidence you will need for the application is your Companies House reference number.  If you do not have this, you can use your VAT registration number and if you have neither you can use your HMRC registration letter.  Charities who do not possess any of these documents can upload a copy of their registration to the Charity Commission or a letter from a principal regulator. 

NB: Without any of these documents you will not be accepted for the grant.

Overview of application process

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  • Applicant completes application online, declares any support received under de minimis state aid rules and agrees to the terms and conditions of the WCS scheme.
  • Applicant receives emailed decision within 5 working days and if successful will receive a voucher code at the same time.
  • Installations must be completed by WCS approved installer and unit/s must be installed within 180 days of the voucher issue date. Installer will then redeem the voucher online.
  • If further checks are needed the applicant will be informed by the DVLA and their claim will be put on hold.
  • If unsuccessful applicant will be informed why by the DVLA and can then appeal if they wish to.

 

For any further information please contact the DVLA at workplacechargingscheme@dvla.gov.uk.

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What changes are being made to the OZEV grant scheme?

What changes are being made to the OZEV grant scheme?

The OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) grant was initiated by the government in 2011 with a view to encouraging people to buy electric vehicles and thereby bring CO2 emissions down. Since the grant was initiated, the amount homeowners can claim has been reduced several times and is now going to be scrapped completely, at least for single unit homeowners.

Home Charging Scheme 

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Until 31 March 2022 all registered owners of EVs who also own their own homes and have off-street parking can claim up to £350 towards the cost of having a charger installed. From 1st April, however, those who own single unit properties such as detached or semi-detached homes, terraced properties or bungalows will no longer be able to claim the EVHS grant for a home installation.

EVHS installations under the existing scheme must be completed by 31st March of this year and claims must be submitted before 30th April. Any applications made after 31st March will not be eligible. The new funding will target rental and leasehold accommodation so a new set of criteria will be coming into effect enabling landlords, and social housing providers to claim the grant.

The changes mean that landlords and building contractors for social housing will be eligible to claim funding of up to £350 towards a chargepoint socket. Double-socketed units qualify twice as they can charge two vehicles at a time. There will be no limit to the number of sockets on any one property, but they must be installed in private parking spaces. To be eligible landlords must be registered as a business or public authority.

Owners of flats or apartment blocks will be limited to thirty applications per year but will be eligible to claim up to £30,000 per building. Up to £500 per bay can be claimed if they are wired ready for installation and up to £850 per bay for a full installation. These properties, however, must have private parking and a minimum of five dedicated charging bays with at least one chargepoint installed. Small to medium businesses, providing that they too have at least five dedicated EV charging bays will be eligible to claim up to £15,000 per building.

Workplace Charging Scheme

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There are also a few small changes being made to the Workbased Charging Scheme (WCS).  Registered charities and businesses such as B&Bs and campsites will be able to claim this grant. Commercially let property owners will be eligible for up to £350 per socket up to a maximum of one hundred sockets per year, but parking must be reserved for their own existing fleet or staff or for future tenants. Small to medium businesses will be eligible for up to £15,000 per building if they too have at least 5 EV dedicated private parking bays. Again, the grant is up to £500 for a chargepoint-ready bay or up to £850 for a full installation.

The reason for the changes is that the government are trying to shift the funding to target the more densely populated urban areas and to focus on those unable to have a home charger installed. The aim is to continue to improve Britain’s charging infrastructure by providing affordable installations in areas where funding has not previously been available.

So, if you have an electric vehicle and you are a homeowner considering a chargepoint installation, then you need to act fast if you would like to apply for the EVHS grant.

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The difference between a 7kW or 22kW EV charging point

The Difference Between a 7kW or 22kW EV Charging Point

When thinking about which type of home charging point you would like to have installed, aside from factors like price, ease of installation, etc., you also need to think about the speed of the charger.  For home charging there are essentially 2 main speeds: 7kW and 22kW (although there is a third option of an 11kW charging point that I will briefly mention). 

Aside from these home installations, you could use a 3kW charger which is a regular 3-pin plug that inserts into a normal electrical socket.  Whilst this type of charger is handy as a back-up, it is not recommended for regular use as it takes too long to and can potentially be a fire risk. 

Before we look at the difference between a 7kW and a 22kW charging point, let’s firstly look at charging times:

Range per hour

  • 3kW chargers – up to 15 miles per hour (mph) of charge (slow)
  • 7kW chargers – up to 30 mph of charge per hour (fast)
  • 11kW chargers – up to 30 mph of charge per hour (fast)
  • 22kW chargers – up to 90 mph of charge per hour (fast)

I have not included rapid chargers here as these are commercial rather than residential installations.

Effects on Battery Charge Time and Range

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Other effects to consider in relation to charge time and range are:

  • Battery Size: the larger the battery the longer the charging time
  • Battery on empty: it takes longer to charge from empty than if you have a slight charge left
  • Maximum EV charging rate: EV can only be charged at the maximum charge rate that the vehicle can accept (if your EV has a 3.6kW maximum charge rate, then it will not charge faster using a 22kW charger)
  • Maximum charge rate of charge point: If you were able to charge your EV at 11kW but only had a 7kW charger, then it would only charge at 7kW

Each EV is different, so it would be wise to check with the dealer to find out just how fast your vehicle can charge.  To have a more powerful charging unit than a 7kW installed would not necessarily mean that your EV would charge any faster.  If your onboard charger only has the capacity to pull 3.6kW then that is as fast as your EV can be charged, regardless of how powerful the charging point is.  Think of it this way… If you were heading for a country lane that was just wide enough for one car to enter, then no matter how many cars are waiting to get through, that lane can only accommodate one vehicle at a time.  It is the same with your EV battery, you may charge it on a 22kW charger point but if it only has the capacity to draw 3.6 kW, then that is as fast as it will charge. 

The Difference Between a 7kW and a 22kW Charging Point

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There are 2 main differences between a 7kW and a 22kW charging point.  Firstly, it is the speed at which they can charge an EV battery and secondly, whilst a 7kW can easily be installed on a single-phase electrical supply, a 22kW can only be installed on a 3-phase electrical supply.  A single-phase electrical supply has only one Live wire, whilst a 3-phase supply will have 3 Live wires. 

 

7kW

Most UK homes only have a single-phase electricity supply and the fastest charger you can have installed on a single-phase is 7kW.  This will charge your vehicle 3x faster than would a 3kW plug-in charger.  As far as a home installation is concerned a 7kW charger point is the best recommendation. 

 

22kW

To install a 22kW charging point requires a 3-phase supply.  It is possible to apply for an upgrade from your electricity supplier, but it will be expensive (Approximately £3,000 to £15,000). You would need to weigh up the pros and cons of this extra expense.  Even if you already had a 3-phase electrical supply, the benefits of having a 22kW charge point installed are slim because most home charging takes place at night (when electric is cheaper to use).  So, whether your EV battery took 1 hour or 5 hours to charge, you will not notice the time saved by using a faster charger.  Most EV owners merely top up the battery charge at night, so a 7kW charger is more than adequate.

 

11kW

There is a third home installation option of an 11kW charger, but similarly to 22kW, you would need a 3-phase electrical supply.  There are no real advantages at this time to installing an 11kW as there are very few EVs that can charge at 11kW (Tesler Model 3 is one that does).  As well as this, the range of an 11kW charger is no greater than a 7kW (up to 30 mph).  So, as I said earlier, a 7kW charging point is currently the best and cheapest recommendation for a home installation. 

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