Gas central heating grants for tenants are available to 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.
Gas central heating grants for tenants are available if:
Your home has never had central heating system since it was built AND
You rent your home from a private landlord AND
You or someone living with you receives one of the qualifying State Benefits OR you qualify under ECO Flex Rules, AND
Landlords may apply on behalf of their tenants HERE.
1. To qualify for the Gas Central Heating Grants For Tenants scheme you must rent your home from a private landlord. You are the applicant not your landlord, though their permission will be required for the work to be carried out.
Only homes with an EPC rating of D, E, F or G for home owners and E, F or G for private tenants 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 gas central heating grants for tenants who rent their home from a local authority or an housing association, or for shared ownership homes.
2. Your home MUST NEVER have had a central heating system 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 Tenants scheme, your home 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 Tenants 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 home HERE if you live in England or Wales and HERE if you live in Scotland.
3. You, or someone living with you must receive one of the qualifying benefits, tax credits or other allowances OR qualify under ECO Flex Rules
Gas Central Heating Grants for Tenants Scheme qualifying benefits include:
- Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
- Pension Credit – Savings Credit
(Over one million pensioners are entitled to Pension Credit but don’t claim it. To check whether you are eligible click HERE go to the Government website.)
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
- Child Benefit (subject to maximum household 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 tenants 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.
More information about ECO Flex rules can be found HERE.
Please note that the gas central heating grants for tenants 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 tenants is based on the characteristics of the your home. Higher grants are normally offered for larger properties, those with more than 3 bedrooms, solid wall properties and those with more external walls, that is, end terraced, semi-detached and detached.
Gas Central Heating Grants For Tenants from the Government’s ECO Scheme