ECO Scheme Heating and Insulation Grants

A new ECO Scheme, ECO3, started on 1st October 2018 and tenants of privately rented homes no longer qualify for grants to replace broken heating systems such as boilers and electric storage heaters.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations came into force in April 2018 which require that privately rented properties have an EPC energy efficiency rating of no worse than E.  As far as this affects the ECO Scheme, the government is of the opinion that landlords are responsible for providing a working heating system in privately rented homes.

The following comment appeared in an explanatory memorandum to the ECO 2018 Statutory Instrument:

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 prescribe, subject to exceptions, a minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented properties. Therefore, the use of ECO in certain circumstances will be restricted so that ECO measures are not obtained by landlords to meet their statutory requirements. Similar restrictions will apply in Scotland.

Other heating and insulation grants may be available from your local authority (ask about ECO Flex grants) or from your energy supplier

Information below this point referred to the ECO Scheme prior to 1st October 2018

Landlord Boiler Grant

We have helped over 25,000 householders to apply for an Affordable Warmth Scheme Grant


Grants are available to replace faulty Gas, LPG and Oil Boilers

Step 1 of 3

  • 1. Your Details

Please ensure that you have your tenant's permission to provide their personal details to us. We are registered under Data Protection Acts to receive such information.

What happens next?

We will telephone your tenant to confirm which state benefits they receive and to check that any other related qualifying conditions are satisfied.

If your tenant qualifies for the Landlord Boiler Grant scheme, we will arrange for a local ECO Accredited Installer to survey the heating system and apply for ECO funding to replace the faulty boiler.

How long does the process take?

The whole process will take a few weeks but before the new boiler is installed your permission as owner or the property will be required. Also, as owner of the property, it is in your interest to keep in touch with your tenant throughout this process to ensure that it runs smoothly.

Who will own the new Central Heating Boiler?

As owner of the property you will own the new boiler and if the tenant moves out, they cannot remove it. If the tenant moves to another rented property, they can apply again for a Storage Heater Grant or a Boiler Grant if the conditions apply.

What if I own other rental properties?

Each case is taken on it’s own merit and you can apply for a Landlord Boiler Grant or a Landlord Storage Heater Grant for other properties which you own. The main criteria for qualification are that the tenant receives the correct State Benefits and an inefficient and faulty central heating boiler is installed in the property at the time of application.

Affordable Warmth Scheme Qualifying Criteria?

To Qualify for a Landlord Boiler Grant YOUR TENANT must satisfy ALL 3 of the following criteria:

1. The property your tenant lives in must be rented from you as a private landlord. (Different rules apply to social housing).

2. Your tenant must receive one of the following State Benefits:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit and ordinary State Pension do NOT qualify on their own).
  • Child Tax Credit*
  • Working Tax Credit*
  • Universal Credit*
  • Income Support
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance

* Maximum household income thresholds (based on the number of adults and children who live in your home) apply to these State Benefits.

3. There must be a faulty central heating boiler installed in your rental property AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for a Landlord Boiler Grant.

Will I have to pay towards the cost of a new boiler in my rental property?

In some cases, yes.

From 1st April 2017 a new system of ‘Deemed Scores’ is used to determine the value of Affordable Warmth Scheme Grants. The amount of the grant in each case depends on the type of property, how many bedrooms it has, the type of heating system installed and several other factors.

If the landlord boiler grant does not cover the full cost of installation, a contribution to the cost of installing the new boiler may be required. However, if both you and your tenant decide not to make a contribution, you can withdraw the grant application and there will be no cost to either you or your tenant.

The amount of the Landlord Boiler Grant awarded for your rental property is based on the ‘Long Term Savings’ achieved by replacing an inefficient boiler with a new A rated, energy efficient one.

Consequently, boiler grants tend to be higher for larger properties with poor energy efficiency ratings where energy efficiency improvements are easier to make. Small houses and flats are more likely to require a contribution.

Nevertheless, installing a new, A rated, energy efficient central heating boiler will improve the energy efficiency of your rental property whilst reducing heating bills for your tenant.

Modern boilers are far more energy efficient than old boilers. Also, having a new central heating boiler installed in your rental property will make it more attractive to potential new occupants when it becomes available for rent again.

Apply for your Landlord Boiler Grant Today