To qualify for the central heating grants for landlords scheme, the new central heating system to be installed must include a central heating boiler connected to radiators which heat the home.
Central Heating Grants for Landlords Qualifying Criteria requires that the new central heating system is installed in domestic premises which do not currently and has never had a central heating system fitted before.
There are two ways in which your tenant will qualify for the Central Heating Grants for Landlords scheme. Either they receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances OR they qualify under ECO Flex Rules, please see below.
1.To qualify for the Central Heating Grants For Landlords scheme the tenant must rent the property from a private landlord. The tenant is the applicant, not the landlord.
Changes introduced by ECO4 which started on 1st April 2022 now mean that to qualify for a ‘First Time Central Heating Grant‘ the property must have an existing mains gas supply.
This part of the ECO Scheme DOES NOT provide central heating grants for homes owned by the local authority or by housing associations, or for shared ownership homes.
2. The property MUST NEVER have had a central heating systems fitted before. If it has had a central heating system which has been removed, IT WILL NOT QUALIFY.
To qualify for the Central Heating Grants For Landlords scheme, your rental property must have either no heating at all or one of the following:
- Electric room heaters
- Electric storage heaters
- Gas room heaters
- Gas fire with back boiler but no radiators
- Mains gas warm air systems
- Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler but no radiators
- Electric underfloor but no electric boiler
- Bottled LPG room heating
- Solid fossil fuel room heaters
- Wood or biomass room heating
- Oil room heaters
The relevant heating system used to assess your eligibility for the Central Heating Grants for Landlords scheme is that which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your home.
You can see the EPC for your rental property (if one has been prepared) HERE if you live in England or Wales and HERE if you live in Scotland.