New Boiler Scrappage Scheme Launched for Scottish Landlords

November 17, 2010
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The Scottish Government has both surpised and delighted homeowners by launching a Boiler Scrappage Scheme for registered private sector landlords in Scotland.

Launched under the full titile of the Energy Saving Scotland Private Sector Landlord Boiler Scrappage Scheme, registered private landlords are able to claim £400 towards the cost of replacing existing inefficient boiler to each of their qualifying rental properties with new boilers which are recommended by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Installing a more efficient boiler can improve a property’s Energy Performance Certificate ratings, and typically could save a tenant in a three-bed semi-detached house around £225 per year.

Industry experts stated earlier this year during the launch of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme that by installing a new energy efficient A-rated boiler could save property owners over £200 per year in energy bills. It has been estimated that by replacing 5,000 old G-rated boilers with new A-rated boilers is the equivalent of scrapping around 1,700 cars from Scotland’s roads.

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil MSP stated during his speech at the Scottish Association of Landlords Conference, “With winter setting in it’s a good time to ensure there is a good boiler in a property to keep bills low. This scheme will offset the cost of a new boiler and help landlords make their properties cost-efficient and energy-efficient for tenants.”

Mike Thornton, Director of the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, also added “The private rented sector is the tenure with the least energy efficient housing. By replacing an inefficient boiler with an Energy Saving Trust Recommended version, landlords can improve the energy efficiency of their rental properties, which will make them more attractive to tenants.”

Landlords can get full details and apply for the scheme at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/landlordsboilerscrappage.

How to qualify

In order to qualify for the scheme, applicants must replace an existing working boiler (with a SAP2005 efficiency rating of 70% or worse) with an Energy Saving Trust recommended boiler (or alternatively via a Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited microgeneration technology).

You must also be a registered private sector landlord. Eligible landlords can apply for multiple vouchers, however only 1 voucher can be used per boiler and per installation address.

Landlords Beware!

The new fund is a limited scheme, so its first come, first served. So be quick!

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