Boiler scheme 'had great mileage' for landlords

by Morag Lyall

The boiler scrappage scheme could have gone a lot further, according to one expert.

Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council, said: "I think it was really successful, and it is a great shame that is has got to end because I think there is a lot of mileage in the scheme."

Landlords who have multiple tenancy agreements could have benefitted from the scheme, which offered 125,000 vouchers to subsidise £400 towards replacing a boiler for an energy efficient appliance.

All vouchers were claimed by March 26th.

The upkeep of buy-to-let properties can involve a lot of maintenance and Mr Leech advised that boilers must be changed if they are 15 to 20 years old.

However, they are expensive appliances, which is why the expert suggested that the scheme should have continued.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, so far 58,177 people have received the £400 rebate from the government.

Scottish leasehold owners can apply for the scheme from May 24th, where up to 5,000 homes will be provided with the subsidy.

Published on: May 12, 2010

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