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Landlords, Improve Your Property Using this Boiler Comparison Tool

Published On: September 16, 2016 at 10:55 am


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It’s well known that old boilers can become temperamental and unreliable. If you’re looking to make improvements to your rental property, use this boiler comparison tool to make the decision easier…

Landlords, Improve Your Property Using this Boiler Comparison Tool

Landlords, Improve Your Property Using this Boiler Comparison Tool

Boiler Guide has created a resource for landlords and homeowners alike, which will help you find and compare boiler models from top manufacturers in the UK.

The boiler comparison tool includes prices, energy efficiency ratings and size options, amongst other specifications, to help you find the right boiler for your property.

Worcester Bosch, Ideal and Vaillant are just some of the manufacturers included in the Boiler Guide tool, and users can compare up to four models at a time.

The boiler models have been reviewed by both consumers and engineers, giving an all-round view and comprehensive insight into each product.

To compare up to four boilers, either gas or oil, from 13 manufacturers, use the boiler comparison tool here:

Landlords, you must be particularly vigilant when it comes to choosing your next boiler, ahead of new energy efficiency regulations.

From April 2018, it will become illegal for landlords to let properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G – the lowest ratings.

Any landlords that rent out properties with these two ratings must make improvements to bring the home up to a rating of at least E.

The Government insists that most landlords will not have to spend more than £1,800 to improve their properties’ energy efficiency. However, one established investor believes that landlords should receive support to help them fund the improvements.

In addition, the Residential Landlords Association worries that the new rules will become a “tax on tenants”, as landlords may be forced to put their rents up as a result of the extra costs.

It also warns that since a third of rental properties in the UK were built before 1919, they are some of the hardest homes to treat for energy efficiency improvements.

Remember to shop around using Boiler Guide’s comparison tool before you buy a new boiler to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible!

How a New Boiler Could Save You Getting Hit by Green Tax Charges

Landlords may soon have to consider getting a new boiler for their properties as part of a Government drive to improve efficiency in older houses.

Changes in the so-called green tax measures mean more than 330,000 buy-to-let landlords may have to fork out up to £5,000 from spring 2018 to ensure their properties satisfy the new rules.

This is because, from April 2018, home improvement loans will no longer be available to landlords to make their houses more energy efficient.

How a New Boiler Could Save You Getting Hit by Green Tax Charges

How a New Boiler Could Save You Getting Hit by Green Tax Charges

The green tax

Part of the UK Government’s plans to improve the energy efficiency of the country and reduce its overall environmental impact, the green tax is actually a series of country-wide measures aimed at encouraging householders as a whole to make their homes more energy efficient.

Part of the scheme has involved providing loans to landlords through the Green Deal project, where improvements were paid for by tenants, who would get the benefit of the resulting lower energy bills.

The Green Deal scheme also encouraged ordinary homeowners to take out loans to improve their own property’s efficiency through insulating their loft, installing cavity wall insulation or boiler replacement. These, and other measures, were aimed at saving homeowners money on their energy bills, as well as helping improve the country’s environmental credibility.

Forthcoming changes to the scheme, implemented by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, mean landlords will effectively have to foot the bill for a new boiler themselves. It is estimated that more than 300,000 landlords will be affected by the changes.

How efficient?

Under the new rules, landlords will have to ensure their water heating systems are at least a band E on the energy rating scale. As many older Victorian and Edwardian houses only currently achieve ratings of bands F and G, landlords will have to fit a new boiler – improving its energy rating – in order to meet the requirements.

The Government is proposing to place a cap of £5,000 on improvements by landlords and insists most will not have to pay much more than £1,800 to install a more efficient boiler.

However, it does mean landlords will have to pay for improvements themselves and will face penalties if their properties do not conform to the revised energy standards. Experts are warning the moves could result in higher rents for tenants, as landlords seek to pass the cost of improvements on, as well as a reduction in the number of people becoming buy-to-let investors in the first place.

Given these changes, landlords are being advised to make improvements to the energy efficiency of their properties as soon as they can. If your properties are falling behind in the energy efficiency stakes, maybe a boiler replacement is on the cards sooner rather than later.

This article was written by Aura Gas, leading installers of new boilers in Hampshire and the surrounding areas.

London Landlords to Receive Cashback on Old Boilers

Published On: February 4, 2016 at 1:22 pm


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The capital’s first boiler replacement scheme has been launched, announced by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The London Boiler Cashback Scheme is offering £400 in cashback when old, inefficient boilers are replaced to 6,500 of the capital’s homeowners and private landlords.

London Landlords to Receive Cashback on Old Boilers

London Landlords to Receive Cashback on Old Boilers

The scheme works on a first-come, first-served basis, so landlords are being encouraged to apply early.

Private landlords or their letting agents must be accredited with the London Rental Standard in order to be considered. They can apply for cashback on more than one property, so long as they meet the scheme’s requirements.

Replacing an old, inefficient boiler with a new, efficient version can be beneficial in many ways; a more efficient boiler can mean average savings of £340 per year, as well as a warmer, more comfortable home. It also substantially reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is hoped that the scheme as a whole will significantly cut carbon emissions and improve air quality across London.

If you are considering applying for the scheme, the following rules apply:

  • The current boiler must be 70% or less energy efficient – usually a G rated boiler that is either gas, LPG, solid fuel or oil fuelled – in working order and the main boiler used to heat the property.
  • The replacement must be a gas boiler that is A rated – at least 90% energy efficient – or a renewable/low carbon heating technology.
  • The installer must be a Gas Safe registered installer, a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified installer or equivalent, or a member of a competent persons scheme, such as OFTEC or HETAS.

When you apply, you must provide details of the boiler to be replaced, along with those of the heating engineer. You will then receive a voucher, after which the boiler can be replaced.

Vouchers are valid for 12 weeks from the date of issue, in which time the boiler must be installed. To receive the £400 cashback, you must then send back proof of installation, along with the voucher, no later than ten working days after the expiry date of the voucher.

For more information on the scheme, details of how to apply and the terms and conditions, visit:

Boiler warning for landlords as Winter arrives

Published On: December 11, 2015 at 10:37 am


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With December somehow already upon us, landlords have been warned to make vital checks on their properties, to avoid being snowed under with problems.

Direct Line for Business has given advice for landlords to ensure that their boilers are in good condition before Jack Frost really begins to take hold.


Analysis from the firm indicates that the number of broken boiler claims rose by 37% last winter in comparison to 2013. These statistics snowballed further when compared to 2012, standing at 151%.

The main reasons for boiler breakdown were found to be cracks in the heat exchanger, faulty valves, leaking seals and frozen pipes.

Boiler warning for landlords as Winter arrives

Boiler warning for landlords as Winter arrives

‘Winter, unsurprisingly, sees a spike in claims for boiler breakdowns, so we hope that landlords have safeguarded their properties against catastrophes over the cold snap, ‘said Jane Guaschi, business manager at Direct Line for Business.[1]

‘Making sure the boiler is regularly serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer can help avoid any future disruption and can also ensure maximum efficiency of the central heating system. It’s a good idea to schedule the service for the boiler at the same time as the annual mandatory Gas Safety Check,’ she added.