The Government’s ECO Scheme provides heating system grants to pensioners and families on low incomes.
If your tenant receives one of the following State Benefits or Tax Credits, they may qualify for a storage heater grant to replace faulty and inefficient electric storage heaters in your rental property:
- Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit and ordinary State Pension do NOT qualify on their own).
- Child Tax Credit*
- Working Tax Credit*
- Universal Credit*
- Income Support
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
* Maximum household income thresholds (based on the number of adults and children who live in your home) apply to these State Benefits.
More information about qualifying criteria for Storage Heater Grants for Landlords can be found HERE.
Storage Heater Grants for Landlords are Available Now.
For the purposes of the Storage Heater Grants for Landlords Scheme the tenant is the applicant, although as owner of the property, your consent will be required before any installation can take place.
You can register your interest by completing the form on this page. Alternatively you can ask your tenant to complete the form on the home page of this website. Please ensure that you have your tenant’s permission to pass on their contact details.
As long as your tenant is living in the rental property from initial application until after the storage heaters are installed there are very few restrictions. In a small number of cases however, after installation the ECO Scheme’s auditors will check that a householder satisfied all of the relevant qualifying criteria, in order to combat fraud.
There are no restrictions on how many of your tenants can apply for a storage heater grant. Each case is taken on its own merit and all Storage Heater Grant Qualifying Criteria in respect of your tenant’s state benefits and the existing heating system must be satisfied to qualify for a grant.
If the storage heater grant is insufficient to meet the full cost of installation you may be asked for a contribution and if you choose not to, the heating system will not be upgraded but there will be no charge.
If your tenant vacates the property after installation, the grant does not have to be repaid. Even though the tenant is the applicant, they do not own the new storage heaters and they are not allowed to remove them.