Gas Central Heating Grants for Landlords are available if:
Your rental property has never had a central heating system fitted since it was built AND
Your tenant or someone living with them receives one of the qualifying State Benefits OR they qualify under ECO Flex Rules, AND
Tenants may apply HERE.
1. To qualify for the Gas Central Heating Grants For Landlords scheme the tenant must rent the property from a private landlord. The tenant is the applicant, not the landlord though your permission will be required for the work to be carried out.
Gas Central Heating Grants for Landlords are available to help pay for the installation of gas central heating in homes which have never had central heating before.
Under new rules introduced with the start of ECO4 on 1st April 2022, homes must have an existing mains gas supply to qualify for a grant to install central heating for the first time.
For private tenants, only homes with an EPC rating of E, F or G for are eligible for Central Heating Grants. You can see the EPC rating of your home by clicking HERE for England and Wales or HERE for Scotland.
This part of the ECO Scheme DOES NOT provide central heating grants for homes owned by the local authority, by housing associations, or for shared ownership homes.
2. The property MUST NEVER have had a central heating systems fitted before. If it has had a central heating system which has been removed, IT WILL NOT QUALIFY.
To qualify for the Gas Central Heating Grants For Landlords scheme, your rental property must have either no heating at all or one of the following:
- Electric room heaters
- Inefficient electric storage heaters
- Gas room heaters
- Gas fire with back boiler but no radiators
- Mains gas warm air systems
- Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler but no radiators
- Electric underfloor but no electric boiler
- Bottled LPG room heating
- Solid fossil fuel room heaters
- Wood or biomass room heating
- Oil room heaters
The relevant heating system used to assess your eligibility for the Gas Central Heating Grants for Landlords scheme is that which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your rental home.
You can see the EPC for your rental property (if one has been prepared) HERE if you live in England or Wales and HERE if you live in Scotland.
3. Your tenant must receive one of the qualifying benefits, tax credits or other allowances OR qualify under ECO Flex Rules
Gas Central Heating Grants for Landlords Scheme – your tenant must receive one of the following qualifying benefits or qualify under ECO Flex rules:
- Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
- Pension Credit – Savings Credit
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Benefit (subject to income thresholds)
- Housing Benefit
ECO Flex Rules are set by local authorities for homes situated within their boundaries. The ECO Flex gas central heating grants for landlords scheme allows householders who do not receive one of the benefits above, to qualify because they are on a low income and struggle heat their home properly.
Please note that the gas central heating grants for landlords scheme may not pay for the full cost of installing a new central heating system.
The calculation of the amount offered for gas central heating grants for landlords is based on the characteristics of the rental property. Higher grants are normally offered for larger properties, those with more than 3 bedrooms, solid wall properties and those with more external walls, ie. end terraced, semi-detached and detached.
Gas Central Heating Grants For Landlords from the Government’s ECO Scheme