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.
The Scottish Government is committed to improving the energy efficiency of homes in the private rented sector, ensuring tenants are able to enjoy homes that are warmer and affordable to heat. Following a consultation in 2017, the Scottish Government announced minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties on 2 May 2018.
This forms part of its energy efficiency improvement programme, Energy Efficient Scotland which will ensure homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient. You can read more about this programme in the Energy Efficiency Scotland routemap.
The new minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties in Scotland will be phased in and will increase over time:
The Scottish Government will publish regulations in early 2019 that provide more detail on how the standards will be applied.
Making energy efficient changes to your property could result in:
Our advisors at Home Energy Scotland can provide you with free, impartial advice on how to make your property more energy efficient. You can speak with them on 0808 808 2282 to:
Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for advice or to arrange a free property assessment.
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 Bute, Glasgow 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.