Unsecured loans to help landlords make energy efficiency upgrades on affordable housing rental units.
SEER (Sustainable, Energy Efficient Rental) loans help reduce the utilities costs for low-to-moderate income residents, make homes healthier with better air quality, and stabilize communities with lower tenant turnover.
SELF and Atlanta Housing have teamed up to reduce the energy burden of low-income tenants. Through Atlanta Housing’s new Energy Efficiency Rent Boost (EERB) program, landlords who make certain energy efficiency improvements may qualify for a monthly rent boost of up to $175. Landlords may also qualify for SELF’s SEER loan, which can enable participating AH landlords to unlock the Rent Boost with no upfront cost.
Landlords participating in Atlanta Housing’s EERB Program may be eligible for:
- Rent boosts of up to $175
- Special-rate SEER loans
- Free energy efficiency inspections
The increased rent rate can help offset loan repayment.
Unsecured SEER Loan
- Borrower must be the owner of the rental property
- Property must be located in the Atlanta Metro area.
- Single-family units or up to 5 unit multi-family
- Borrower must prove ability to repay
- Property taxes must be current
- Mortgage loans must be current
Fees: Inspection Fees: 0% for all landlords participating in the AH Rent Boost program, regardless of outcome of loan. Origination, Closing, Project Management Fees: $300 flat fee for all loans below $20,000. 2.5% fee for all loans greater than $20,000.
Do I have to be an Atlanta Housing landlord to apply for a SEER loan?
No. Anyone who wants to make climate resilience, solar, or energy efficiency improvements to their affordable housing rental units may apply. However, you must be a landlord with Atlanta Housing to access their Energy Efficiency Rent Boost.
How do I get the Atlanta Housing Energy Efficiency Rent Boost?
If you’re already an HCVP landlord with AH, then once you’re approved for a SEER loan, AH will conduct a free inspection of your unit to determine what energy efficiency improvements are needed to achieve an Energy Efficiency Rent Boost. Once AH confirms that the energy efficiency upgrades are completed, the Rent Boost is triggered to kick in upon the unit’s lease renewal date. To learn more about the Energy Efficiency Rent Boost and about how to become an Atlanta Housing HCVP landlord, visit https://www.atlantahousing.org/developers-property-owners/
What improvements are eligible for the SEER loan and the Atlanta Housing Energy Efficiency Rent Boost?
High Efficiency Lighting; Low-Flow Faucets, Showerheads, Aerators, and Toilets; Insulation; Air Sealing; High Efficiency HVACs (16 SEER min); Low Emissivity Windows.
What other improvements can I finance with a SEER loan?
Rooftop Solar PV, Solar Water Heater, Impact Windows and Doors, Roofs (Fortified Standard), Disability Adaptations
For more information please contact David Graber, Special Projects Manager or call 772-468-1818 Ext. 1201, or fill out the form below and we will be in touch shortly.
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The Home Energy Improvement Program helps Georgia Power residential customers reduce energy use, save on energy costs, and improve the indoor air quality of their homes.