Landlords Grants & Schemes 2022
Did you know that there are FREE government funded grants for home owners and landlords to help improve the energy efficiency of their 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 both Landlords and home owners are available from the UK Government to assist the private rented sector to:
- Upgrade old storage heating
- Fit brand new central heating
- Install Free insulation
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.
Why Are Free Schemes Available To Private Rentals?
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.
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. landlords can still claim up to £10000 worth of heating & insulation measures to improve their properties.
Eligibility does depend on if a landlord has a tenant in residence that claims a benefit or is on a low income.
What Grants Are Available For Tenants On Benefits ?
Grants are available to both landlords & tenants to apply for any of the Heating & Insulation Upgrades below.
The tenant must receive a qualifying benefit.
Which Benefits Qualify For The Free Grants
- Child Benefit *
- Child Tax Credit
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Pension Credit – Guarantee
- Pension Credit – Savings
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
Child Benefit Threshold
Type of Claimant – Number Of Qualifying Children
1 2 3 4 or more
Single Claimant 1 9800 24600 29400 34200
Member Of A Couple 27300 32 100 36900 41700
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.
Are There Any First Time Central Heating Grants For Landlords?
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?
Old Economy 7 Heaters are replaced for renewable heating. You can no longer have new storage heaters for private rented homes.
Are There Any Insulation Grants for Landlords
Yes – landlords can apply for insulation as below.
- 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 ?
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
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.
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
- The Landlord or tenant completes our short application form.
- We check if your tenant is eligible and if so ,we forward the application to an approved installer.
- We carries out a full property research, to see what measures will be viable at the property
- Our Install partner books a free survey (usually within 7 days of applying )and gathers all relevant paperwork
- 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.
Why Are Grants For Private Landlords Available ?
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 Home Upgrade 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.