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Support for landlords
Whether you want to improve the energy efficiency of your rental property or are considering installing a renewable technology, there is a variety of help and support available to landlords in Scotland.
Please find information below. You can also download our support for landlords FAQs. And, for further advice, please call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.
Financial support for landlords
Resource Efficient Scotland SME loans: The budget for the Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan scheme has now been fully allocated. The Energy Saving Trust are operating a waiting list and in the event that further funding becomes available, may be in a position to issue loan offers on a first come first served basis.
The scheme was previously available to landlords wanting to install a variety of measures including boilers, insulation or renewable technologies. Under this scheme the measure being installed had to be recommended in a qualifying report and loans were interest free unless a renewables system was being installed. Any qualifying businesses still interested in the scheme can submit an application which will be placed in a queue should further funding become available as loan offers expire or are withdrawn. Find out more about the Resource Efficient Scotland SME loans >
Warm Homes Fund: Landlords looking to connect to the gas grid can apply for loans of up to £5,000 through the Warm Homes Fund. Find out more about the Warm Homes Fund >
Landlords Energy Saving Allowance: Landlords can reduce the amount of tax they pay by up to £1,500 when improving the energy efficiency of their properties through the Landlord Energy Saving Allowance. This allowance is available until 1 April 2015. Find out more about the Landlord Energy Saving Allowance >
Green Deal: Landlords can apply for Green Deal finance to cover the cost of installing energy efficient measures recommended in their Green Deal advice report, with the costs being repaid through fuel bill savings. Existing tenants will need to give their permission before a Green Deal plan is taken out, as will future tenants before they move in. Download Gov.uk's Green Deal for landlords PDF for more information >
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 (RHI). Find out more about RHI >
Feed-in Tariffs: 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 (FITs). Find out more about FITs >
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. They can also advise on financial support, eligibility, how to apply and what schemes can be combined.
Home Energy Scotland can also arrange for a specialist to visit your property to assess what can be done. A report will then be produced with information about the current energy efficiency of your property with recommendations on how to improve it. The specialist will take you through your 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.
Support for social housing providers and local housing associations
There is also additional support available to social housing providers and local housing associations. Find out more.
How landlords benefit from making their property more energy efficient
Making energy efficient changes to your property could help to:
- Raise property values.
- Result in higher EPC ratings, which could make properties easier to let.
- Result in lower energy bills for tenants leading to tenants being warmer at home.
- Reduce rent arrears and defaults.
- Result in lower turnover of tenancies.
- Result in landlords meeting energy and heating efficiency standards set for the landlord accreditation scheme.
- Reduce levels of fuel poverty experienced by tenants.
- Reduce incidences of condensation and dampness.
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions from properties.
Landlords may also have to meet set energy efficiency standards in future.
The Sustainable Housing Strategy was published by the Scottish Government in June 2013 and states that the Scottish Government will consult on draft regulations that would 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 by November 2016.
The Scottish Government intends to consult on draft regulations in spring 2015, which will include proposals for when standards would apply from.
Further information can be found in this Green Deal for landlords guidance issued by the Scottish Government.
(Please note that the text in this link regarding the Energy Act 2011 is applicable to properties in England and Wales only.)