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Support for private landlords

Want to improve the energy efficiency of your rental property or considering installing a renewable technology?  There is a variety of help and support available to private sector landlords in Scotland. Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for free, impartial advice, funded by the Scottish Government. 

If you are a registered social landlord please visit our page on how we can support social housing providers.



Your responsibilities towards meeting set energy efficiency standards

The Scottish Government is committed to improving the energy efficiency of homes in the private rented sector, ensuring tenants are able to enjoy homes that are warmer and affordable to heat. Following a consultation in 2017, the Scottish Government announced minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties on 2 May 2018.

This forms part of its energy efficiency improvement programme, Energy Efficient Scotland which will ensure homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient. You can read more about this programme in the Energy Efficiency Scotland routemap

The new minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties in Scotland will be phased in and will increase over time:

  • From 1 April 2020, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band E.
  • By 31 March 2022, all properties will need to have at least EPC band E.
  • From 1 April 2022, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band D.
  • By 31 March 2025, all properties will need to have at least EPC band D.

The Scottish Government will publish regulations in early 2019 that provide more detail on how the standards will be applied.

Benefit from making your property more energy efficient 

Making energy efficient changes to your property could result in: 

  • Raised property values
  • Higher EPC ratings, to comply with the introduced minimum energy efficiency standards and to help make properties easier to let
  • Lower energy bills for tenants leading to them being warmer at home
  • Reduce rent arrears and defaults
  • Lower turnover of tenancies
  • Meeting energy and heating efficiency standards set for the landlord accreditation scheme
  • Reduced levels of fuel poverty experienced by tenants
  • Reduced incidences of condensation and dampness
  • Reduced carbon dioxide emissions from properties

Free advice and property assessments

Our advisors at Home Energy Scotland can provide you with free, impartial advice on how to make your property more energy efficient. You can speak with them on 0808 808 2282 to:

  • Get advice on financial support, eligibility, how to apply and what schemes can be combined
  • Arrange for a specialist to visit your property to assess what can be done and take you through the options. An assessment of which renewables systems may be suitable can also be undertaken at the same time if you are interested in technologies such as solar PV, heat pumps, and wind turbines.

Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for advice or to arrange a free property assessment. 

Financial support for landlords

  • Home Energy Scotland Loan: This interest free loan, funded by the Scottish Government, is available to eligible registered private sector landlords in Scotland for energy efficiency improvements, home renewables systems or connections to an approved district heating scheme powered by a renewable energy source. The loan is available to landlords who operate as ‘natural persons’ and it can be possible to apply for support for up to three properties. Cashback grants are also available for a limited time for energy efficiency improvements.
  • HEEPS Equity Loan: A Scottish Government pilot programme which aims to give homeowners and landlords (with no more than 2 properties) in the Argyll and ButeGlasgow City and Perth and Kinross local authority areas access to funding to make improvements to the energy efficiency of the property and make repairs to the fabric of the building.  Funding will be in the form of an equity loan and will allow homeowners to borrow against the value of their home. 

  • Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loan: Funded by the Scottish Government, interest free loans of £1,000 to £100,000 to help private sector landlords to install measures that will improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): Landlords who install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology could receive quarterly payments over seven years to help cover the costs through the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.

  • Feed-in Tariffs (FITs): Landlords who install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source (such as solar PV or wind turbine) could get money from their energy supplier through the UK Government's Feed-in Tariffs scheme. The scheme is scheduled to close to new applications after 31 March 2019. Find out more on our Feed-In tariffs page. 



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