Landlords are included in the government’s heat pump grant system announced yesterday, the Natoinal Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has been confirmed.

The new grants will offer up to £5,000 to property owners to transfer from gas boiler to low-carbon systems such as air and ground source heat pumps.

Although this sounds generous it will only be a contribution to the substantial cost of these systems.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that a typical air source heat pump installation will cost between £6000 and £8000 while a ground source system will cost between £10,000 and £18,000 depending on the amount of heat required.

Following discussions between the government and the NRLA, officials have indicated that these grants will be available from April next year onwards.


But the NRLA remains critical of the government’s plans, saying it has ‘again failed to provide the clarity needed by private landlords to plan for the future of their businesses’ and that the detail needed by the sector is unlikely to be revealed until the end of the year.

“Eighty per cent of private rented households have gas central heating and replacing such systems will be both costly and vital to achieving net zero,” says NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle (pictured).

“Providing grants to assist householders and landlords to install heat pumps is a welcome step, but much more is needed to make the Government’s targets achievable.

“Once again private landlords have been left waiting for the Government to publish details of the standards they will be required to comply with, the deadlines they must meet, and how such work should be funded.”

Scepticism of the plans is understandable – the government’s much lauded Green Homes Grant scheme fell well short of expectations.

Problems administrating its voucher system both for landlords and the suppliers tasked with providing the green upgrades eventually led to its cancellation in March this year.

Watch a video explaining all the different types of heat pump (water, air, ground, etc) available for houses.


  1. Having gone through the entire Green Homes Grant process and received vouchers only to have them pulled when the Govt closed the scheme early I don’t feel at all inclined to apply for £5k to install a £20k system that might or might not work in my property (assuming I can find a legitimate installer).

    I don’t believe this is the answer for the vast majority of the UK’s housing and this money will just line the pockets of businesses and wealthier property owners, with appropriate properties for heat pumps, who may well have gone ahead with the installation without the grant.

    What an expensive way for tax payers to put a green tick in the box for Boris!

  2. I don’t agree with Ben Beadle that providing grants to people to provide heat pumps is a welcome step. I’d regsrd it as an irresponsible waste of public money. If significant grants are needed to make an investment attractive, that usually means it’s not a viable investment. As usual the government is bowing down to the anarchist/ terrorist minoriitiies, such as those blocking the M25 and the vested interest groups instead of rationally thinking through the implications. There are huge issues, technical, practical and financial which remain totally unresolved. Unquestionably manufacture, delivery, and installation of these pumps as well as removal and scrappage of perfectly good gas systems will cause a huge short term spike in emissions and environmental adverse consequences, and I suspect it will take a very long time for these to be offset by savings, which will almost certainly be vastly overrated by those with vested interests, exactly like solar panel installers did.

  3. I just watched Jim’s link above, which underlines exactly what I suspected, that this is madness. I am going to send it to my MP and urge anyone else reading this to do the same. The heating engineer I use and trust also has a very low opinion of heat pumps, by the way.

  4. Heat Pumps are great for very very very well insulated homes – which even at todays building regulation standard, rules out the vast majority of UK housing. When I hear people tell me their house is modern and well insulated , I sigh – they have no idea what well insulated means – 2 or 3 inches of cavity wall insulation and cheap double glazing doesn’t cut it! Heat pumps work very well in well insulated property but not the pathetically low standard that applies to vast majority of evenly recently built UK homes. In northern Europe and Germany, homes are built to a far higher insulation standard and heat pumps work very well as a result so it is proven technology – in the right buildings.
    The grant money should be concentrated on upgrading insulation standards to existing homes and vastly improving insulation standards for new building in the Building Regs.

  5. Aicon units in reverse, so named air source heat pumps, maybe operating at 45db but imagine a row of those 24/7 in your neighbourhood? Totally impractical for the majority of British houses / flats, even boarder line for new builds. Not only expensive to rip out an entire system of pipes and radiators, plus to add back in a water tank to a cupboard that has probably been replaced by a shower, but in my mind, they’ll devalue the property as they will eventually be proved to be incapable. As a test, maybe turn your boiler to 50c for the heating and see how warm you get mid-Winter!
    It’s shocking that these are being pushed, particularly on Facebook, with so many gullible consumers asking for quotes.
    Hydrogen boilers will be a direct swap and easily phased in over the years. I’ve heard that Baxi have a gas boiler that is compatible already. Why change to such a mess of a system when we are at the pinnacle of toilet technology? Insane.

  6. We are being pushed half blind down a road that may well turn out to be a dead end. What bothers me is the hurry. Given an arbitrary target of net zero by 2050 and that we produce less than 1% of global emissions, surely we can take more time to get it right. Of course, this is the sensible approach, but it does not factor in Boris’ need to impress Biden and get a BJ from the Carrie at the weekends.


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