Grants For Landlords – Home Improvement Scheme [2022]


What Government Grants are available to private landlords?


Landlords Grants
Landlords Grants


Did you know that there are FREE government funded grants for landlords to help improve the energy efficiency of their rented properties?

Many rented properties need their insulation and heating upgraded and the government is providing thousands of £ worth of FREE funding to assist those on low income benefits.

Grants For Landlords  are available from the UK Government to assist  private Landlords to upgrade old storage  heating and in some cases, fit brand new central heating too.

Free insulation  is also available too if needed.




There have been Free Landlord Grants/ Help For Renters  available for energy efficiency improvements for many years and landlords can still  claim up to £10000 worth of heating & insulation measures to improve their properties.

Eligibility does depend on  if they have a tenant in residence that claims a benefit or is on a low income.

All  Landlord grants for heating & insulation are 100% FREE and  are now especially helpful for landlords who will need to get their EPC rating up to a minimum of C by 2025 when the new regulations kick in.


Home Improvement Grants to Alleviate Fuel Poverty.




There has been help for renters and support for Landlords for many years now but this has now escalated with more funding being made available to address fuel poverty which is very prevalent in the private rental sector.

The main priority for this scheme has always been heating and insulation which will assist tenants in the private rented sector to get the most value and benefit for their families.

Private rented properties have always been neglected in the past because of landlord reluctance to spend any money on improvements when it comes to heating and  funding has been earmarked by the government to bring these properties up to date to ensure tenant comfort.

This post is focusing on the private rented sector where many residents are in fuel poverty so it is only right that the majority of the cash should be spent here.







Why Are Grants For Private Landlords Available ?


Free Grants


The government has recognised that after many years of neglect, many rented properties need their insulation and heating upgraded. With many landlords being reluctant to spend the money needed , the government is now providing thousands of £ worth of FREE funding to assist this sector.

Free Grants for landlords have been brought in to reduce energy bills for tenants and make their properties more sustainable.

Many of the tenants living in these homes will be in receipt of low income benefits so will qualify for assistance.

The Government in turn will save lots of carbon for the UK as well as reducing ever increasing fuel bills for low income tenants.



Landlords, Should They Have Access To Free Grants?



Many people feel that landlords shouldn’t have access to public funds in the way of grants and should pay for their property improvements themselves .

This is mainly because they have built up a substantial amount of equity in the property.

However many tenants  in fuel poverty will benefit greatly and would otherwise live in substandard accommodation and so do qualify for funding.

With the minimum EPC ratings coming in ( from 2025) landlords will have to self fund in the future.



What Grants Are Available For Tenants On Benefits ?

Free Central Heating
Free Central Heating


Grants are available to both landlords & tenants to apply for  any of the Heating & Insulation Upgrades below.

The  tenant must  receive a qualifying benefit.


Free 1 st Time Central Heating

Free Storage Heater Replacement

Free Insulation Upgrades for Walls & Lofts






What Benefits Qualify For Landlord Grants


Warm Front Grants
Warm Front Grants

Qualifying benefits include:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Child Benefit *
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Universal Credits
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Working Tax Credits



Child Benefit Only Is subject to below income thresholds

  Number of children
  1 2 3 4+
Single claimant income ≤ £18,500 ≤ £23,500 ≤ £27,500 ≤ £32,000
Member of a couple combined income ≤ £25,500 ≤ £30,000 ≤ £34,500 ≤ £39,000




LAD Schemes- No Benefits Required


Rented properties where benefits are not claimed may also be eligible.

The residing tenants do have to meet the  local authority criteria rules  to be  eligible for the scheme.

These rules vary by each local authority and will have a statement of intent that details their individual rules.

Do check with your local council.





Free Grants For Landlords – FAQS

Are There Any First Time Central Heating Grants For Landlords?


Free Central Heating
Free Central Heating


Provided the property has no history of having central heating fitted, you will be able to apply for this measure.


You will save yourself up to £4000 for a new central heating system as it is usually 100 % Free.






Are There Any Storage Heater Grants For Landlords?

Free Storage Heaters




Yes –  Old Economy 7 Heaters are replaced free of charge provided they are 10 years old or more






Are There Any Insulation Grants for Landlords



If the property is heated by electric  landlords can apply for insulation as below.

Gas heated properties are not eligible until April 2022


  • Loft insulation  the existing insulation must be 100mm or less
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Internal wall insulation – for solid wall properties
  • Room in roof insulation



Are There Any Boiler Grants For Landlords?



The boiler grant scheme for landlords ended in 2017 so unfortunately boilers are the one heating measure that is unavailable to the private rented sector.

All landlords will need to seek their own funding if they need a replacement boiler.



Are there any Heating & Insulation grants available for empty properties?


Not at the moment. Landlords can only apply for grants if they have a tenant already in residence who is claiming a benefit.

If the property is dilapidated , you may be able to get some assistance from your local council  to help turn the property  back into occupied homes.



Are There Landlords Grants For Double Glazing ?

double glazing








Unfortunately , there is no current funding for double glazing , new windows or new doors.

Theses measures do not save any carbon and so are zero rated for government grant funding.


Are All Rental Properties Eligible For Grants?


Minimum EPC Rating Of E To Be Eligible


At the moment all Private Rented Properties need to be a minimum EPC Rating of E to be able to be fit for renting out.

This  rule also applies to  applications for  insulation and heating  which are too  subject to the  property  having a current  EPC rating of A, B, C, D or E.

This rating is due to change to Rating D by 2025 so any properties rated D , E , F  & G will no longer be legally able to be rented out or apply for grants .

If the property is currently F & G rated, you will need to fund improvements yourself to get the rating up to an E before you can access any grant funding.



What Are The Minimum EPC Standards For Rentals In  2025


It is a good idea for Landlords to consider upgrading their properties as 2025 there are new EPC regulations coming in which require all rented properties to be a minimum EPC Rating of C.

Whether this is achievable is another thing  ( many properties  including 100 yr old ones will never get up to this standard without demolishing and rebuilding ! ) but the Government is going to push this through regardless


Please read our blog post here



What Is An EPC Rating


All homes are given an energy rating once an EPC assessment has been carried out by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor.

An ‘A’ rating is the best and ‘G’ is the worst.

The cost of an assessment is usually around £50

How Can You Make A Property Energy Efficient?

This can be a very expensive task particularly in older properties but having loft and cavity wall insulation installed should be the first port of call.

These measures not only helps to increase the property’s value, but has also become essential if landlords wish to improve the saleability of the property.

All  landlords & tenants and rental properties could be eligible for energy-efficiency grants available under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

This can save you thousands of £ if you are found to be eligible.




Why Should Landlords Apply For Heating & Insulation Grants ?



  • You Can Increase the EPC energy ratings of all your rental properties FREE OF CHARGE!
  • You can increase the value of your property AND make it easier to rent out
  • You will comply with new legislation that forbids the renting out of properties that have an EPC rating of F &G

These Free Grants For Landlords are an affordable way to get rental properties ready for the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) without having to spend your hard-earned cash.

Making use of these grants while they are still available makes good sense and this post is especially to increase awareness.


Is It The Landlord Or Tenant That Can Apply For Grants?


Rented properties where tenants have claimed the qualifying  benefits within the last 18 months will be eligible for these grants.

Both parties can apply apply with each others consent.



 How do I  Apply for a Grant as a Landlord?










If you wish to apply you will need to fill in the short form below.

Your tenants full name and date of birth together with all landlord details will be required.

We also request that all landlords can make themselves to be available for surveys and installs should your tenant / property be found eligible for a grant .


In addition to having access to Energy Company Obligation funding, we offer a fully managed service so we can take you all the way from application to installation (sometimes within a week!).


Landlord Grants – the Process


  1. The Landlord or tenant completes our short application form.
  2. We check if your tenant is eligible and if so ,we forward the application to an approved installer.
  3. We carries out a full property research, to see what measures will be viable at the property
  4. Our Install partner books a free survey (usually within 7 days of applying )and gathers all relevant paperwork
  5. Following successful survey the  installation is booked.



How do I know if my application has been approved or not?






You will be contacted within 7 days. If not , please call our helpline for details.



What Paperwork Is Needed To Apply ?

Landlords are asked to complete permission paperwork to authorise work to be undertaken.

In some cases, the application can be approved within a few days and the install can take place within a week.

The scheme is administered by OFGEM (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets). OFGEM’s role is to protect consumers and ensures that tenants and landlords are being treated fairly.










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