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Support for private sector landlords

Want to improve the energy efficiency of your rental property or considering installing a renewable technology?  There is a variety of help and support available to private sector landlords in Scotland. 

If you are a registered social landlord please visit our page on how we can support social housing providers.

Benefit from making your property more energy efficient 

Making energy efficient changes to your property could result in: 

  • Raised property values
  • Higher EPC ratings, which could make properties easier to let
  • Lower energy bills for tenants leading to them being warmer at home
  • Reduce rent arrears and defaults
  • Lower turnover of tenancies
  • Meeting energy and heating efficiency standards set for the landlord accreditation scheme
  • Reduced levels of fuel poverty experienced by tenants
  • Reduced incidences of condensation and dampness
  • Reduced carbon dioxide emissions from properties

Free advice and property assessments

Our advisors at Home Energy Scotland can provide you with free, expert and impartial advice on how to make your property more energy efficient - you can speak with them on 0808 808 2282 in order to:

  • Advise on financial support, eligibility, how to apply and what schemes can be combined
  • Arrange for a specialist to visit your property to assess what can be done and take you through the options. An assessment of which renewables systems may be suitable can also be undertaken at the same time if you are interested in technologies such as solar PV, heat pumps, and wind turbines.

Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for advice or to arrange a free property assessment. 

Financial support for landlords

  • HEEPS PSL Loan with 25% Cashback: An interest free loan of up to £15,000 for registered private sector landlords to install a variety of measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing or new boilers. For a limited time only (and subject to available funds) private sector landlords can apply for 25% cashback on the cost of their work for up to three properties. A maximum of £15,000 is available per property and landlords with multiple properties are eligible for up to £100,000 in total. You must not start work until you have received a loan offer. There is also a loan available to owner occupiers.

  • HEEPS Equity Loan: A Scottish Government pilot programme which aims to give homeowners and landlords (with no more than 2 properties) in the Argyll and ButeGlasgow City and Perth and Kinross local authority areas access to funding to make improvements to the energy efficiency of the property and make repairs to the fabric of the building.  Funding will be in the form of an equity loan and will allow homeowners to borrow against the value of their home. 

  • Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loan: Funded by the Scottish Government, interest free loans of £1,000 to £100,000 to help private sector landlords to install measures that will improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): Landlords who install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology could receive quarterly payments over seven years to help cover the costs through the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.

  • Feed-in Tariffs (FITs): Landlords who install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source (such as solar PV or wind turbine) could get money from their energy supplier through the UK Government's Feed-in Tariffs scheme.

Your responsibilities towards meeting set energy efficiency standards 

Landlords may also have to meet the following set energy efficiency standards in future:

  • The Sustainable Housing Strategy was published by the Scottish Government in June 2013. It stated that the Scottish Government will consult on draft regulations that will set minimum energy efficiency standards for private sector houses
  • Improving the energy efficiency of existing housing is a key part of meeting Scottish Ministers’ statutory targets on reducing greenhouse gas emission and eradicating fuel poverty in Scotland as far as reasonably practicable
  • The Scottish Government has published a consultation on draft regulations to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in existing private sector houses.The full details can be found in Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation.

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