Improving the quality of our private sector housing

The majority of housing in Cornwall is privately owned and it is the homeowner's biggest financial asset. Cornwall Council are keen to assist homeowners in the maintenance and repair of their properties. 

Below is a summary of the assistance that may be available.

Community Energy Plus is a charity and social enterprise providing services to help householders and communities in Cornwall enjoy warmer, more energy efficient homes.

The services they provide include:

  • Independent energy advice tailored to your individual needs, including home visits and follow-up support
  • Making applications for heating and insulation grants on your behalf.
  • Providing practical advice on understanding and reducing your energy bills and combating condensation and mould.
  • Offering free membership to their community oil buying club.

For advice call freephone 0800 954 1956 or email

For free, impartial advice on energy efficiency, renewable technologies, water, waste and transport, visit the Energy Saving Trust's website or call 0800 512 012. You can find out how much you could save by making your home more energy efficient by completing the Online Home Energy Check . You'll receive a personalised report offering advice on how you could save around £300 per year on your energy bills while doing your bit to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

The current Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy was adopted by Cornwall Council in 2009. Since this time the Council has further considered the important role housing plays in the community and put into place a comprehensive Housing Investment Plan. This plan has identified new areas where financial support is to be provided to increase both the supply and quality of the housing stock in Cornwall. To reflect this new direction minor amendments have been made to the Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy.

Are you a Responsible Landlord! Information and support for landlords and lettings agents. Launched in partnership with Cornwall Residential Landlords Association, Association of Residential Letting Agents and the South West Landlord Association.