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What Grants Are Available For Landlords?

Grants for landlords

If you’re a landlord, you’ll be well aware it’s a costly business. When your rental property needs maintenance or an upgrade, no matter how expensive, the responsibility lies with you, not your tenants. 

Fortunately, various grants are available to ease some of the financial pressures of ensuring your property more than meets the minimum energy efficiency standards and your tenants have a comfortable place to live. Many of these schemes help with the cost of improving home energy efficiency, which cuts energy bills and helps environmental sustainability. 

Here, we’ll explore some of the main grants for landlords, the eligibility criteria, and how to access this financial assistance.

Energy Company Obligation Scheme

The government-backed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme is an initiative to reduce carbon emissions and address the issue of fuel poverty. It obligates energy companies to provide funding to assist with energy efficiency measures in residential properties.

Carbon emissions, released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned, are a major factor in global warming and climate change. Fuel poverty occurs when a household has to spend 10% or more of its income on energy in order to keep their homes warm.

Under the ECO scheme, grants funded by major energy companies cover all or most of the cost of new, energy efficient boilers for low-income households in older properties. It can even assist with properties that have not had central heating previously. This funding is available to landlords and private tenants as well as homeowners.

Besides replacement boilers, the ECO initiative also helps with the cost of a range of other energy efficiency measures, including:

  • Loft and wall insulation (including cavity walls and solid walls).
  • Underfloor insulation.
  • First-time central heating.
  • Electric room heaters upgrades.
  • Heating controls such as smart thermostats.

 

ECO Grant Eligibility

As a landlord, you may be eligible for an ECO grant if your tenants claim benefits such as:

  • Working Tax Credit.
  • Child Tax Credit.
  • Pension Savings Credit.
  • Pension Guarantee Credit.
  • Housing Benefit.
  • Universal Credit. 
  • Income Support. 
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
  • Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

 

How to Apply for an ECO Grant

You can apply for ECO grants by contacting any of the energy suppliers in the scheme, even if they’re not your energy provider. The participating companies are:

  • British Gas.
  • E (Gas & Electricity) Ltd.
  • E.ON UK Solutions.
  • Ecotricity.
  • EDF.
  • Octopus Energy.
  • Outfox the Market.
  • OVO.
  • Scottish Power.
  • Shell Energy.
  • So Energy.
  • The Utility Warehouse.
  • Utilita Energy Limited.

 

Great British Insulation Scheme

Formerly known as ECO+, the Great British Insulation Scheme is an energy efficiency programme managed by Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) on behalf of the government.

The initiative complements the Energy Company Obligation Scheme. It’s not a grant scheme as such but insulation installers provide various levels of support.

The scheme helps tackle fuel poverty and lower energy bills by funding insulation of the least energy-efficient homes (those with a low EPC energy rating) across Great Britain.

Certain rental properties may be eligible for subsidised or free insulation including:

  • Cavity wall insulation.
  • Internal and external solid wall insulation.
  • Loft insulation.
  • Roof insulation.
  • Underfloor insulation.
  • Solid floor insulation.

 

Great British Insulation Scheme Eligibility Criteria

Funding under the Great British Insulation Scheme may be available if your property is in a Council Tax band from A to D in England or A to E in Wales or Scotland, and has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D to G. 

If your tenants are in receipt of any benefits, this may qualify them for additional support.

 How to Apply for Great British Insulation Scheme Funding

You can apply for funding from the Great British Insulation Scheme by visiting the relevant government website or by phoning the helpline – 0800 098 7950.

 

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) helps landlords with the cost of replacing fossil fuel heating systems – oil, gas, or direct electric heating – with green alternatives, namely heat pumps or biomass boilers.

Heat pumps pull heat from the air or the ground in order to heat homes and provide hot water. 

Biomass boilers heat a single room or power central heating and hot water by burning logs or wood chips.

Under the BUS initiative, you can get up to £7,500 if you install an air-source heat pump or ground-source heat pump, and £5,000 towards the cost of a biomass boiler.

BUS Grant Eligibility

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is open to landlords with properties in England and Wales. Biomass boiler grants are only for properties in rural areas that aren’t on the gas grid.

BUS Grant Applications

You don’t need to apply for a BUS grant yourself. Applications are made by heating system installers registered with the scheme.

You’ll need to contact a renewable energy heating specialist licensed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). They’ll verify your eligibility for a grant and provide estimates for the work. Then they’ll handle the application on your behalf.

 

Affordable Warmth Scheme 

If you have a rental property in Northern Ireland, grants are available under the Affordable Warmth Scheme. This funding can cut the cost of insulation and new heating systems by half for landlords with tenants on an annual income of less than £23,000.

Your tenants can apply for an Affordable Warmth Scheme grant by phoning the NI Energy Advice Service (NIEAS) on 0800 111 44 55 or emailing NIenergyadvice@nihe.gov.uk.

 

Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants provide financial support to landlords with tenants with disabilities.

They facilitate crucial property modifications that improve accessibility and encourage independent living for individuals with conditions such as a physical disability, cognitive impairment, and age-related disabilities.

Eligibility for Disabled Facilities Grants

Eligibility criteria for Disabled Facilities Grants embrace a wide spectrum of individuals – homeowners, private tenants, and council tenants, among others. 

To qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant, your tenant must intend to live in the property for a specified period, typically five years.

How to Apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant

Your local council will provide access to a Disabled Facilities Grant. It will carry out an assessment to identify the modifications the property needs, usually through a home visit by an occupational therapist.

 

Electric Vehicle Grants

Grants are available to help fund the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and infrastructure in private parking space. This means landlords can enhance the appeal of their rental properties while contributing to sustainable transport solutions.

EV Grant Eligibility

Landlords with properties across the UK can apply for electric vehicle grants to install charge points in off-street parking spaces. An EV infrastructure grant is available for those who own an apartment block and are looking to install multiple electric vehicle chargepoint sockets.

How to Apply for EV Infrastructure Grants

EV charge point or infrastructure installers authorised by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) will apply for a grant on your behalf.

 

Local Authority Flexible Eligibility 

Apart from government-led initiatives to help landlords improve their rental properties, local authorities provide extra support. The Local Authority Flexible Eligibility programme (LA Flex) is an extension of the Energy Company Obligation Scheme and expands the eligibility criteria beyond income. 

This means more tenants become eligible for energy efficiency grants and more landlords get the opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of their rental property via a government grant or other government scheme.

LA Flex helps private tenants without central heating who are at risk of fuel poverty. Funding is mainly available for tenants over 60, those with children under five, and individuals with health problems. The scheme covers upgrades to existing heating systems, installation of new central heating systems, and loft and cavity wall insulation.

 

Free Eligibility Check for Grants for Landlords

Landlords may be able to get thousands of pounds’ worth of upgrades to their properties with a range of energy-efficient measures that cut tenants’ energy costs and reduce their homes’ carbon footprint.

So it’s worth considering encouraging your tenants to check their eligibility for home energy improvements. It won’t cost them anything.

Improving your property’s energy efficiency could also help meet your obligations under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES), and a greener home will appeal to eco-conscious prospective tenants in the future. 

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