Free Boiler Scheme For landlords

How landlords can benefit from the Government free boiler scheme

If you are a landlord or landlady you may be able to replace any inefficient or broken gas boilers currently installed in your property free of charge thanks to the Government ECO free boiler grant scheme.

The ECO (Energy Companies Obligation) is an environmental program led by the UK Government and funded by the six largest energy companies (British Gas, E.ON, EDF, Scottish Power, SSE & NPower). The scheme is designed to reduce carbon emissions by providing grants to replace inefficient gas boilers.

Boiler grant eligibility

Government legislation states that for any privately rented property it is the tenant who qualifies and not the landlord of a property. That means that if you let out several properties then each may qualify for a free boiler under the scheme depending on the tenants’ circumstances.

Benefits for landlords

  • Any boiler installed via the free scheme will be an A rated boiler which will improve property’s energy efficiency and EPC ratings
  • A new boiler installation can cost around £2000 – £3000 but may be free via the scheme
  • Adds value to your property at point of sale or let

Benefits for tenants

  • A new A rated boiler will have improved functionality and will heat any property more efficiently
  • A reduction in gas / heating bills

Free boiler qualification criteria

Existing boiler
The primary heating of your property must be mains gas and any existing gas boiler installed must be 8+ years old, or, 5+ years old and be faulty or broken to qualify for grant funding.

Tenant circumstances

In addition to the above requirements regarding your property and existing boiler your tenant must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits to qualify for a free boiler grant.

Main BenefitAdditional Criteria
  • Pension Credit (State Pension TOP UP)
  • Child Tax Credit (household income less than £16,010)*
  • None Required
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child under 16
  • Child under 20 in full-time education (not university)
  • Child Tax Credit with a disability element
  • Disabled Child Premium
  • Disability Premium
  • Pension Premium
  • Work Related Activity or Support Component**
  • Working Tax Credit (household income less than £16,010)*
  • Child under 16
  • Child under 20 in full-time education (not university)
  • Severe Disability Element
  • Disabled Worker Element
  • Aged 60 or Over
  • Universal Credit (monthly household income of £1,250 or less within the last 12 months)*
  • Child under 16
  • Child under 20 in full-time education (not university)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
  • Limited Capability For Work

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The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) is an home energy improvement scheme which is led by the UK Government and funded by the country’s largest energy providers.

ECO provides homeowners, landlords and private tenants with access to Government grant funding for free boiler replacements to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

You can claim a full and partial grant for a new boiler or insulation if you meet the ECO grant criteria.

How can we help you?

We have helped thousands of households with free boiler grant applications.

Many people find applying for a grant a daunting experience. So we have simplified the process to make it easier for you.

You can check online in two minutes to see if you are eligible for a new boiler or insulation – without entering any personal details.

You will only be asked for any further information if you want to apply for a grant.

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