France stimulates ecological renovation: how to benefit from it

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This week the government announced the details of its € 100 billion economic stimulus package – known as the France Relaunch, which aims to help the country recover from the effects of the coronavirus crisis.Within the framework of this budget, the MaPrimeRénov program is to receive financial assistance of 2 billion euros. In addition, the funding will be made available to everyone in France, regardless of their income, from January 1, 2021.

What is MaPrimeRénov

Launched on January 1, 2020, MaPrimeRénov was created to replace the tax credit for energy transition (CITE) and the Living Better Agility fund of the National Housing Agency (Anah).

It funds property renovations related to improving aspects such as insulation, heating or ventilation, or can be used to pay for energy audit work.

A complete list of works that can be funded is available here (in French).

Who is eligible?

Currently, the scheme is in place for households below certain means thresholds, as defined by the national housing renovation organization Anah. These concern “very modest” households: € 14,879 for a single person (€ 20,593 in Ile-de-France), € 21,760 for a couple (€ 30,225 in Ile-de-France); or for “modest” households: € 19,074 (€ 25,068) for a single person, or € 27,896 (€ 36,792) for a couple. For other family sizes see: www.economie.gouv.fr/particuliers/prime-renovation-energetique.

From January 1, 2021, these ceilings will be removed and the subsidy will be available to people of all income. CITE will therefore be terminated.

MaPrimeRénov will also be accessible to landlords, co-owners of buildings – in a dedicated framework entitled “MaPrimeRénov co-ownership”, and to public buildings.

The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire explained why the government had decided to open the device to include better-off households.

“The Federation [Française] du Bâtiment informs us that … 50% of the renovations are carried out by the [top 20% of earners], so if you exclude better-off people from the benefit of this bonus, it will not work, ”he said in an interview with BFM TV.

Renovations are available for all homes regardless of their energy performance rating (Energy performance diagnostic).

However, the bonuses will be paid to properties that fall under the F or G classification label, deemed thermal strainers (energy sieves) by the government.

In France, 4.8 million households fall into this category, data from the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition spectacles.

How much can I get?

The total amount of financing obtained under the MaPrimeRénov ‘scheme cannot exceed a maximum threshold of € 20,000 per household over a period of five years. The premium must be used over a period of five years.

Households currently ineligible for application – due to the income threshold still in effect until the end of the year – will be able to do so from January 1, 2021.

The MaPrimeRénov grant can also be used in conjunction with certain other grants.

Since March 2016, the CITE has been associated with an interest-free eco-loan (zero-interest eco-loan or eco-PTZ), without conditions. As MaPrimeRénov replaced the CITE, the same rule applies.

On the other hand, MaPrimeRénov cannot be combined with other Anah grants.

How can I get the money?

If you are eligible, you must apply before doing the job, by creating an account on www.maprimerenov.gouv.fr

You will need to provide a business estimate, a scan of an ID and, if you apply before January 1, information about your taxable income (ex. tax notice).

If the file is accepted, you can have the work done and payment is made to you after sending a bill (invoice) of the company.

The company carrying out the work must have the RGE (recognized as guarantor of the environment) ecolabel. You can find examples here: https://www.faire.gouv.fr/trouvé-un-professionnel. You can read more about RGEs in the October print edition of Login.

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