The Government recently published its response to the consultation on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reform. For information on what the Government changes mean for you, please see our changes to the scheme.
Key points for landlords
If your organisation has built new homes with renewable heating systems, unfortunately, you can’t apply for these. The renewable heating system can’t have been first commissioned before the home it provides heat to was first occupied.
Domestic or Non-Domestic? Knowing which scheme to apply to
The key to applying to the Domestic RHI is that your renewable heating system must supply heat to a single home that can get a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) open key term pop-up. We’ll need this to confirm the property is a ‘domestic dwelling’ and without one, you won’t be able to apply.
For a system serving several properties, such as a district heating system, you may want to consider the Non-Domestic RHI.
Check the scheme rules
Everyone joining the Domestic RHI must stick to the scheme rules for the whole seven years' payment lifetime per heating system. It’s your responsibility to make sure you stay compliant. Because scheme payments come from the public purse, we run a full audit programme of checks and visits. Anyone can be selected at any time and we may visit the property. It’s therefore your responsibility to make sure your tenants are aware of this. You can find out more by visiting our webpages on audit checks and ongoing obligations.
Who can complete the Domestic RHI application?
Where a company owns a heating system and makes an application, one person must be nominated to act on its behalf and be the primary contact for the account. The nominated person will need to provide personal information so we can carry out identity checks alongside a Letter of Authorisation. This contact will be able to add an additional user to complete applications.
Submitting multiple applications
Once you submit your first application, you’ll receive an automatic onscreen message saying your application is under review. This happens because we need to carry out checks when an individual is applying on behalf of an organisation. After that we’ll either approve your application, ask you to supply additional information or reject it.
When you pass the initial questions on the application form, you’re asked to create a username and password and set up an account. You’ll then have access to MyRHI, the member section of the website, to view and manage your account. You can also use it make subsequent applications. Our Guide to MyRHI can help with this.
Once your first application has been approved, you won’t have to go through the whole process again for remaining applications. If we can verify your future applications automatically, you’ll receive an onscreen message saying they’ve been approved. If not, you’ll receive the ‘under review’ message.
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