If you’re a landlord and rent out your property, there are free boilers for landlords available, as you could be eligible for a Free Boiler Grant under the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) Scheme to replace an older non-condensing boiler with a newer, higher efficiency boiler. It all depends on whether or not, firstly, the tenants living in your property meet the ECO Qualifying Requirements, and if the current boiler is a non-condensing boiler, which would mean it needs to be over 12 years old with no faults or is over 8 years old and has broken down or been condemned. While the guideline from OFGEM is for 8 years old, usually 12-15 years old range is safe for a non-condensing boiler. That’s because condensing boilers were introduced into the UK market about 10-12 years ago.
PLEASE NOTE: We currently don’t have funding for free boiler grants. This may be temporary as the ECO Scheme transitions from ECO2t to ECO3. We will have more information for the coming months shortly.
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While it is beneficial to install a new central heating system at any point in your property, from April 2018 it is even more prudent for you as a landlord. Let’s look a couple of reasons why.
MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) for Landlords
From 1st April 2018 onwards, new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards have come into force in England and Wales. As per some recent survey though, almost half a million properties still fail to meet the older energy performance standards which were put into place in 2015. It is therefore crucial, for you as a landlord, to have your property or properties assessed and make sure they are compliant with these standards. If they are not, either buy a new boiler, or if your tenant is in receipt of any benefits, you can get a free boilers for landlords or part-funded boiler fitted in your property.
As per the Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, EPC F and G rated properties waste energy. They impose unnecessary cost on tenants and the wider economy, and they contribute to avoidable greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the energy efficiency of our domestic rental stock can help:
- Manage the energy costs of tenants, including some of the most vulnerable;
- Improve the condition of properties and help reduce maintenance costs;
- Smooth seasonal peaks in energy demand, and thereby increase our energy security;
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions at relatively low cost.
By adhering to these regulations, you as the landlord:
- Help your tenants save money on their energy bills.
- Have more consistent heating and hot water.
- Be kinder to the planet by reducing your carbon footprint.
What happens if you don’t adhere to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Landlords?
As a landlord, if your property has an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating below E, and you grant a new lease on that property, you will be breaking the law. This applies to all properties rented in England and Wales. These will still apply even if there has been no change in tenancy agreements. If you’ve let a property for a period of less than 3 months, then your local authority can impose a fine on you up to £2,000. That figure increases to £4,000 if the letting is more than 3 months.
Another reason to buy a new boiler online or get free boilers for landlords is for the new Boiler Plus Legislations that went into effect in April 2018 for England. It’s designed to improve the way you use energy in your home, as it gives you greater choice and control over your energy usage, which results in tangible savings on your energy bills. All boilers and heating controls fitted by Boilerhut are Boiler Plus Compliant and over the efficiency percentage required.
If Not You, Who Pays for Free Boilers for Landlords?
Free boilers for landlords or free boiler grants are provided by the Big Six energy companies. Thanks to the government’s Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) Scheme, they are obligated to put forward the funding for free boiler grants for boiler installations (and insulation) in the homes where the poorest, most at risk and vulnerable members of the population live.
Who Participates In The Energy Company Obligation Scheme?
Suppliers are obligated to participate in the scheme depending on the share of the market they have in terms of customers, so that they can provide energy-efficient improvement measures to UK households. If you are eligible for an ECO grant, you can apply for this through any of the energy companies that participate in the scheme, not just your current supplier. However, chances are you will get a quicker, better deal through a boiler installation company with longer warranties and better after-sales service.
The main 6 suppliers of energy in the UK are obligated to take part in the scheme because of their large customer bases. The ‘Big 6’ as they are often collectively known as, include:
- EDF Energy
- British Gas
- Scottish Power
In addition to the 6 companies above, there are 8 other energy suppliers that are obligated to take part in the Scheme, also due to their share of the market. These 8 energy companies are:
- Co-Operative Energy
- Extra Energy
- Flow Energy
- Spark Energy
- Utility Warehouse
- First Utility
- Economy Energy
How do your tenants qualify for Free Boilers for Landlords?
If your tenants are on qualifying benefits that meet specific criteria, you could be entitled to free boilers for landlords under the ECO Scheme. In addition to the above points about the age of the boiler, it is important to note that the property your tenant stays in must have either Oil, Mains Gas, or LPG mains supply. Also, you should have either a working or a broken/condemned boiler at your property. Please don’t throw away your broken/condemned boiler away before inquiring about a free boiler grant. Because even if you are on the qualifying benefits, but if there is no existing boiler in your house, you will NOT qualify. Your tenants MUST be on one of the following benefits to qualify, and meet additional criteria too:
|Main Benefit||Additional Criteria|
(Household Total Income – Per Annum)
0 Children – £13,200
1 Child – £17,400
2 Children – £21,600
3 Children – £25,800
4 or more Children – £30,000
0 Children – £19,800
1 Child – £24,000
2 Children – £28,200
3 Children – £32,400
4 or more Children – £36,600
(Monthly Household Income)
0 Children – £1,100
1 Child – £1,450
2 Children – £1,800
3 Children – £2,150
4 or more Children – £2,500
0 Children – £1,650
1 Child – £2,000
2 Children – £2,350
3 Children – £2,700
4 or more Children – £3,050
Starting the process of obtaining Free Boilers For Landlords through the ECO Scheme
Who to Avoid
Lead Generation Companies
There are a number of different ways that the funding can be obtained through the ECO scheme. You might do a quick Google search, and if you weren’t so lucky as to find Boilerhut in the first go, you might, unknowingly, apply for Free Boilers for Landlords on a lead generation website. Or someone from a lead generation call centre may cold call you, and claim to be a company that are able to provide free boilers for landlords through the Free Boiler Grants 2018 scheme. But those are not installation companies. Please note that an installation company will never cold call you.
Generally, these lead generation companies make money based on commission, by passing your information to an energy company like British Gas, SSE, EON etc. Or an installation company like Boilerhut. So, if you decide to apply for a free boiler grant through them, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- They may not have all the correct information regarding the ECO Scheme: They may tell you that you are eligible for a free boiler, when you may not be. They may also give you the wrong contribution amount.
- They will cost you more: Because these lead generation companies work on commission, the resulting boiler installation will cost you more than if you were to go straight to an installation company like Boilerhut.
Because our main aim is to help customers more than pushing our own product, as you can see from other articles on our website and Boilerhut Reviews, we would advise you against this approach and removing the middleman from the equation.
Companies using Door to Door Salesperson/Canvasser
Another way that companies look to make money is by offering you free boilers for landlords by canvassing the area of your property from door to door. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with this method, you need to think about the following:
- Door to door reps are not, unless they provide the appropriate evidence, registered with Gas Safe (for Gas and LPG boilers). This means that you should be cautious when listening to any advice they offer, as just like the lead generation companies, it may not be correct.
- Similarly, to other sales and call centre staff, people who offer boiler installations door to door earn commission for every successful installation. This may mean, again, that you will have to pay a higher contribution to the company hired to complete the installation.
- You or your tenant should avoid providing anything but the most basic of details, such as name, postcode and level of interest you have in free boilers for landlords. Avoid giving them financial details or cash and always ask for ID to prove that they are who they say they are and work for the company they say they work for.
- Ensure that you know what they are going to do with your personal information before giving permission to pass these details on to an appropriate boiler installer.
- You should also take the time to ensure that they are a fully accredited company under the PAS 2030 regulations to qualify for the free boilers for landlords scheme.
Find a Boiler Installation Company for Free Boilers for Landlords
If you know from looking at the table further up the page that your tenants are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits and appropriate components (where required), you now need to find a reputable and accredited organisation to receive the funding necessary for free boilers for landlords.
PAS 2030 Accreditation
Along with the Green Deal Code of Practice, PAS 2030 underpins the UK Government’s ECO and Green Deal Schemes. All installers working under these schemes, as well as those undertaking certain types of work for Housing Associations or Local Authorities, must adhere to this standard for all works carried out.
DWP (Department for Work & Pensions) Check
After you have found an appropriate boiler installation company, it is important to ensure that your tenants do qualify for the grant. Tenants and homeowners can speed up the process by providing the boiler installation company with their DOB, Name and Address to confirm with the DWP if they are eligible for the grant. They check their benefits in-line with the ECO qualification which comes back with a verification code to confirm Matched/Unmatched etc. This code is used to claim the grant from the energy retailer. The client will receive the results, in most cases 24-72 hours (where applicable).
This is the quickest way for tenants without the need of benefit letter request that may take days.
Your Tenants Will Need Your Written Permission
If qualifying tenants wish to proceed with a free boiler grant, they will need to have you, a landlord’s permission in writing. This is in place to ensure that no work can be carried out and completed. Once you have overlooked everything connected to it and are completely satisfied. After, and only after, you have signed the agreement, can the boiler installation company take it forward.
After all that is done, your preferred installation company will run a technical survey of the boiler currently in the property. This survey involves checking the radiators, controls, thermostats and of course, boiler. They will also advise you to the options open to you, and which boiler you should choose.
ECO Scheme-Only Companies
- They may install cheap, low quality boilers with 2-3 year warranties to keep the costs down.
- If the ECO Scheme no longer exists, these companies will not exist either.
- After your warranty period ends, you may be left with no after-sales service.
- Their after-sales service, even within the warranty period, could be subpar.
- Their engineers might be on sub-contracted basis, so they may be unable to do annual services on time, which may void your manufacturer’s warranty.
Why choose Boilerhut?
- Boilerhut are a PAS 2030 Accredited Company.
- Boilerhut are a Viessmann Approved Installer.
- Boilerhut are a Grant Accredited Installer.
- Boilerhut are Gas Safe Registered. (For Gas & LPG Boilers)
- You can apply for free boilers for landlords online on our website.
- We do the DWP checks on your behalf.
- We undertake the survey, all the checks and boiler installation from start to finish.
What’s the difference between Boilerhut and other ECO Scheme Free Boiler Grant Companies?
Boilerhut, on top of providing free boiler grants, also install boilers all over the UK on straight payment and finance options. And we don’t treat our ECO Scheme customers any different. With your installation for a free boiler grant through Boilerhut, you get:
- A brand new A-Rated Best Buy “Boiler Plus” Compliant Boiler.
- Smart Programmable or Learning Thermostats.
- 7-10 years extended Parts & Labour Warranty.
- 10 Years Warranty on Stainless Steel Heat Exchanger.
- Pipe work needed to complete installation.
- Flues (Horizontal or Vertical).
- Chemical Flush or Power Flush of the whole system.
- Magnetic Filters, and Limescale filters (for hard water areas).
- Commission, Test, Building Regs & Certification.
- Hand over, Induction and guidance from an Expert Installation Team.
If your tenant does not qualify but still needs a boiler, or you want to buy a boiler for yourself, you can get an online boiler quote within minutes on our website. Simply enter your postcode below and hit the green button: