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Information for rental providers

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

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Rental providers 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 $1,400 for eligible rental providers 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 Rental provider-Renter 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 rental providers can apply for up to two rental properties in a financial year provided all of the eligibility criteria are met.

Rebate eligibility

Victorian rental providers 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 Rental provider-Renter Agreement is signed by the rental provider 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

Rental providers 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 rental providers are ultimately responsible for the repayments. There are two options for loan repayments:

  1. A rental provider can make the full monthly loan repayment of $29.16; or
  2. The rental provider 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 $14.58.

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

  • must be agreed upfront in the Rental provider-Renter agreement
  • must be paid directly to the rental provider
  • 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 $1,400, the percentage of repayments can be requested based on the figures in the table below:

Percentage % Repayment $ per month Percentage % Repayment $ per month
5% $1.46  30% $8.75
10% $2.92  35% $10.21
15% $4.38  40% $11.67
20% $5.83 45% $13.13
25% $7.29 50% $14.58

Rental provider-Renter agreement

Regardless of the repayment model chosen, rental providers and renters are required to complete and sign the Rental provider-Renter Agreement.

No renter contribution

Download and complete the Rental provider-Renter Agreement (no payment) if the rental provider will be repaying the loan with no renter contribution.

 

Co-contribution between the renter and rental provider

Download and complete the Rental provider-Renter Agreement (co-contribution) if the rental provider and renter will be contributing to the monthly loan repayments.

If either party does not follow through with their responsibilities under the Rental provider-Renter 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

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Further information

Reviewed 30 June 2021