Support for Private Sector Landlords

Plenty of help is available to registered private landlords looking to improve the energy efficiency of their rental properties. Whether you’re looking to discuss your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or various funding options or have your property assessed in depth, we can help. Read on to learn more.

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Helping landlords improve energy efficiency

Find out how we're helping landlords improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

Benefits to landlords with energy-efficient properties

There are many good reasons to improve the energy efficiency of your rental properties. In the financial year 2022-2023, we helped landlords reduce their tenants' lifetime energy bills by £6.7million, an average lifetime saving of £9,409 per property.

Other potential benefits are:

  • Improving the rating of your properties will help you meet future minimum energy efficiency standards.
  • Energy-efficient properties can reduce potential problems like damp and condensation.
  • Cosy, efficient homes are more attractive to tenants, which could also lead to a lower turnover of tenants and void periods.
  • Your tenants could benefit from lower energy bills, reducing their risk of fuel poverty.
  • You’ll be playing your part in tackling Scotland’s carbon emissions.

Advice and property assessments for landlords

Whether you’re looking to discuss your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or various funding options or have your property assessed in depth, we can help. Our free, impartial advice service is funded by the Scottish Government and supported by a network of specialist advisors across Scotland.

Our specialists can give you advice over the phone and can decide if a property visit would be more appropriate. Call us at 0808 808 2282, Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm, and Saturday, 9 am-5pm, or request a callback.

If a property visit is appropriate, one of our specialist advisors will carry out an assessment and provide you with a tailored report outlining:

  • the current energy demands of your property
  • recommended improvements
  • the approximate cost of making these improvements
  • potential fuel bill and carbon savings
  • any potential income you could make from installing a renewable energy system
  • the estimated improvement in the property's Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) score.

To view case studies of other landlords and homeowners who've improved the energy efficiency of their properties or installed renewables, visit the Green Homes Network.

Financial support for landlords

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Whether you’re looking to spread the cost of energy efficiency improvements with a loan or secure payments for energy generated by a renewable system, we can help you determine what funding option is right for you. Read through the options below and call us at 0808 808 2282 to find out more.

The Private Rented Sector Landlord Loan is funded by the Scottish Government and open to registered private sector landlords acting as individuals or businesses that own privately rented properties.

Landlords can use the loan for various energy efficiency improvements such as insulation and home renewables such as heat pumps.

Funding can also be used to connect properties to an approved district heating scheme.

Find out more about the loan

The Smart Export Guarantee is open to homeowners who install, or have already installed, a renewable electricity generating system, such as solar PV.

It replaced Feed-in Tariffs, which closed to new applicants in March 2019, because the UK Government recognised the need to pay small-scale renewable energy generators for the electricity they export to the grid.

Learn about the Smart Export Guarantee

Meet minimum energy efficiency standards with our support

Watch our video to find out how we can help registered private sector landlords improve the energy efficiency of their rental properties and meet proposed minimum standards.

What legislation is coming? 

Reducing emissions from our homes and buildings is one of the most important things we can do to help end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. The Scottish Government’s vision is that by 2045, Scotland’s homes will be warmer, greener and more energy efficient, including rented properties.

The Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings Bill consultation sets out this vision in more detail. It shows the actions that need to be taken in the buildings sector to deliver climate change commitments, maximise economic opportunities, and ensure a just transition; including helping to address fuel poverty. The Bill updates both the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map and the Heat Policy Statement.

The Scottish Government will work with the private rented sector to introduce minimum standard regulations. The consultation proposes that by the end of 2028, private landlords must meet new minimum energy efficiency standards. The current suggested list of straightforward improvements, where appropriate, for every privately rented property, includes:

  • 270mm loft insulation;
  • cavity wall insulation;
  • draught-proofing;
  • heating controls;
  • 80mm hot water cylinder insulation; and
  • suspended floor insulation.

These improvements may change once the consultation is completed, with the final improvements list prioritising those with the most significant impact and the lowest amount of cost and disruption.

Lastly, it also proposes that all building owners will need to end their use of polluting heating by 2045. This includes heating systems that burn fossil fuels like gas, oil, and liquid petroleum gas boilers. Clean heating systems - those that don’t produce greenhouse gas emissions at the point of use - will replace these polluting heating systems. Examples of clean heating systems may include heat pumps, modern electric storage heaters, and district heating.

Details of proposed exemptions

The latest Heat in Buildings Bill consultation does not outline specific exemptions. However, for fairness, the consultation proposes that those who cannot or should not have to meet the Heat in Buildings Standard will be exempt ahead of 2045. It also states it will provide extra time to fulfil the standard for those who need it. 

Similarly, the Bill may request landlords comply with a modified version of the Heat in Buildings Standard, which considers their building’s characteristics or unique circumstances. Lastly, it states that it will make it easy for people to appeal where they feel the requirements are incorrect or unfair.

Heat in Buildings Bill consultation

The Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings Bill consultation sets out its vision for the future of heat in buildings.

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If you need to make improvements to your property, now’s the time to start. Our private landlord specialists can talk you through the new standards and help you determine what improvements to prioritise. Get in touch with us to find out more.