ECO Scheme Heating and Insulation Grants

Central Heating Grants for Landlords from the Government's ECO Scheme

Central Heating Grants For Landlords from the Government's ECO Scheme

Central Heating Grants for Landlords of privately rented homes are available for the installation of central heating systems into homes which do not have, and have not previously had a central heating system.

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.

Central Heating Grants for Landlords Qualifying Criteria

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.

Also, it is preferable that the rental property has a gas supply, otherwise additional costs not covered by the grant may apply.

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:

  1. Electric room heaters
  2. Electric storage heaters
  3. Gas room heaters
  4. Gas fire with back boiler but no radiators
  5. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler but no radiators
  6. Electric underfloor but no electric boiler
  7. Bottled LPG room heating
  8. Solid fossil fuel room heaters
  9. Wood or biomass room heating
  10. 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.

Central Heating Grants For Landlords is a Government Backed Scheme

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3. Your tenant must receive one of the qualifying benefits, tax credits or other allowances OR qualify under ECO Flex Rules

Qualifying benefits include:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
  • War Pensions Mobility Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

ECO Flex Rules are set by local authorities for homes situated within their boundaries. The ECO Flex central heating grants for landlords scheme allows householders who do not receive one of the benefits above, to qualify because they are on a low income and struggle heat their home properly.

Currently we only cover the local authority areas of Liverpool, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dudley for ECO Flex.

4. The walls and roof of your rental property must be well insulated before a new central heating systems can be installed.

The installation company may be able to help with cavity wall insulation or loft insulation but if the can’t, it is your responsibility as owner of the property.

Please note that the central heating grants for landlords scheme may not pay for the full cost of installing a new central heating system.

The calculation of the amount offered for central heating grants for landlords is based on the characteristics of the rental property. Higher grants are normally offered for larger properties, those with more than 3 bedrooms, solid wall properties and those with more external walls, ie. end terraced, semi-detached and detached.

Central Heating Grants for Landlords - Rental homes without a gas supply

Central heating grants for landlords will only contribute to the cost of installing an A rated central heating boiler, radiators, associated pipework and control systems.

Central heating grants for landlords will not cover the cost of connecting a gas supply to your rental property or installing a gas meter.

However, for tenants living in Liverpool, Liverpool City Council has grants available to install a gas supply as long as your tenant meets the necessary qualifying criteria in section 3 above. More information about central heating grants for landlords in Liverpool can be found HERE.