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Information for landlords

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Information for landlords primary campaign

Landlords can save thousands off the upfront cost of installing solar and will benefit through the improvement to their rental property.

We are providing a rebate of up to $1,850 for eligible landlords to reduce the cost of installing a solar panel system on a maximum of two rental properties each financial year, subject to a Solar Homes Landlord-Tenant Agreement being signed.

You can reduce your upfront cost even further by applying for an interest-free loan to match the rebate amount.

Only one application is available per address, however landlords can apply for up to two rental properties in a financial year provided all of the eligibility criteria are met.

Rebate eligibility

Victorian landlords are eligible to receive a rebate for their rental property if:

  • their renters have a combined household income of under $180,000 per year (based on any of the last two year’s taxable income)
  • the property is valued at under $3 million and does not already have solar panels (PV) installed
  • there has been no prior participation in the Solar Homes program for that address
  • a Solar Homes Landlord-Tenant Agreement is signed by the landlord and all renters
  • the property is currently tenanted with a rental agreement in place.

Loan eligibility

To be eligible for an interest-free loan, you will need to provide a satisfactory credit report that is less than 12 months old.

If you don't have one, it's easy to do a free credit report online through the Moneysmart website.

Please be aware that a credit report can take up to 10 days to be supplied to you.

Interest free loan

Landlords have the opportunity to apply for an interest-free loan to further reduce the upfront cost of installing solar on their investment property.

The loan is required to be repaid over four years and landlords are ultimately responsible for the repayments. There are two options for loan repayments:

  1. A landlord can make the full monthly loan repayment of $38.54; or
  2. The landlord and renter can agree to a co-contribution model where the renter contributes up to 50 per cent of the monthly repayment. The maximum amount that can be contributed by the renter each month is $19.27.

If the renter agrees to co-contribution, the percentage of their contribution:

  • must be agreed upfront in the Landlord-Tenant agreement
  • must be paid directly to the landlord
  • Should not be altered after the loan has been established.

Renters who agree to co-contribute do so for the four-year life of the loan or until the renter vacates the property, whichever is earlier.  Costs relating to the installation of the system cannot be recouped by increasing the or taken from a renter’s bond when they vacate the property. Subsequent renters will not be party to any repayment agreement. 

Based on an interest-free loan of $1,850, the percentage of repayments can be requested based on the figures in the table below:

Percentage % Repayment $ per month Percentage % Repayment $ per month
5% $1.92  30% $11.52
10% $3.84  35% $13.45
15% $5.76  40% $15.40
20% $7.68 45% $17.31
25% $9.60 50% $19.27

Landlord-Tenant agreement

Regardless of the repayment model chosen, landlords and renters are required to complete and sign the Landlord-Tenant Agreement.

No renter contribution

Download and complete the Landlord-Tenant Agreement (no payment) if the landlord will be repaying the loan with no renter contribution.

Co-contribution between the renter and landlord

Download and complete the Landlord-Tenant Agreement (co-contribution) if the landlord and renter will be contributing to the monthly loan repayments.

If either party does not follow through with their responsibilities under the Landlord-Tenant Agreement, you can contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) for free advice on dispute resolution, and potential options for mediation.

How to apply 

To find out how to apply for a solar panel rebate for a rental property, click on the button below. 

How to apply


Further information

Reviewed 21 May 2021