Registered social and private landlords

Mae’r dudalen yma ar gael yn Gymraeg.

The Government introduced new regulations on 20 September 2017. For information on what the Government changes mean for you, please see our changes to the scheme webpage.

You still need to read the information on our Applicants webpage and the Essential Guide for Applicants. However, this page addresses some of the key points that landlords need to be aware of.

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.

Next steps

To find out more, see:

To apply:

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

This is a report that assesses the energy efficiency of a property and recommends how it can improve. It’s the proof we need that your property is a ‘dwelling’. More.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 29th Nov 2017
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
About the online portal used to view and manage your account for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive once you've submitted an application.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2017
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This document explains what you need to know if your application for the Domestic RHI is in review.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2017
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document contains answers to FAQs for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) intending to apply for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

  • Published: 11th Oct 2017
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
If you're applying to the Domestic RHI, read about the joining requirements, the application process and the rules you must stick to once you're on the scheme.

  • Published: 20th Sep 2017
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document contains answers to FAQs for people intending to apply for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

  • Published: 23rd Sep 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document shows you the questions in the application form for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI).

  • Published: 24th Mar 2016
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet outlines the differences between the Domestic and Non-Domestic RHI schemes for people who aren't sure which to apply to.

  • Published: 14th Aug 2014
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document must be completed and sent to us where an organisation is applying for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

  • Published: 9th Apr 2014
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document must be completed and sent to us where a heating system has multiple owners and one of them is making the application for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

  • Published: 9th Apr 2014
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document is a template which must be used to submit the permitted reason as to why it’s not possible for you to install loft and/or cavity wall insulation that’s been recommended in your EPC.