There is a variety of help and support available to you as a private sector landlord in Scotland to improve the energy efficiency of the homes you let out.
Making your rental property more energy efficient has many potential benefits, as well as enhancing the property's value. Your house or flat may become easier to let and have a lower turnover of tenants, as well as fewer instances of condensation dampness. Your tenants will have lower energy bills and will be warmer at home. On top of this, your property may have significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions, helping tackle climate change.
Home Energy Scotland can provide you with free, expert and impartial advice on how to make your property more energy efficient. You can speak with an advisor on 0808 808 2282 or visit their website.
A Home Energy Scotland advisor can give phone advice on the schemes of financial support which are available, who is eligible and how to apply. Alternatively an energy specialist can visit your property to assess what can be done and take you through the options.
If you are interested in technologies such as solar panel, heat pumps or wind turbines, an assessment of renewables systems can also be undertaken on this visit.
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 you as a landlord, as long as you are not set up as a limited company, and you can apply for up to three properties. Cashback grants are also available for a limited time along with these loans.
Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loan
Funded by the Scottish Government, this is an interest free SME loan of £1,000 to £100,000 to help you as a private sector landlord if you are set up as a limited company. It is designed to help you install measures which make your rental properties more energy efficient.
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
If you install or have already installed an eligible renewable heating technology, you could receive quarterly payments over seven years to help cover your costs through this UK Government scheme. For more information please visit the Energy Saving Trust's website.
Feed-in Tariffs (FITs)
If you install an electricity generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source (such as solar panels or a wind turbine) you could get money from your energy supplier through this UK Government scheme, which is administered by the energy regulator OFGEM. For further information please visit the Energy Saving Trust's website.
Private sector landlords will almost certainly have to meet set energy efficiency standards in future. The Scottish Government has just finished a consultation on draft regulations to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in existing private sector houses.
Improving the energy efficiency of our existing housing stock is a key part of meeting the Scottish Government's statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eradicate fuel poverty in Scotland as much as they can.
Home Energy Advice Team
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000