Solar Homes Program Eligibility
Victoria Rebate Eligibility Criteria for Renters
- According to the last two year’s taxable earnings, their tenants must have a joint household income below $180,000 per annum. The property should be worth below $3 million and doesn’t own any pre-installed solar panels.
- The property has no such engagement in the Solar Homes program for the same address.
- The general consensus is confirmed by having the Solar Homes Landlord-Tenant Agreement signed by both parties.
- The rental agreement must be put in place to confirm the current tenancy of the property.
Participation in an Interest-Free-Loan
|Amount equated in $ to be paid per month
- The repayable amount should be agreed upfront in the Landlord-Tenant Agreement (co-contribution).
- You ought to pay this amount to your landlord directly.
- Once the agreement is approved, and the loan is established, there is no way it can be realtered.
- You need to continue paying the loan for the next 48 months unless you have to vacant the property or whichever is earlier.
Few Important Points to Remember:
- If you banish your tenant, then you will longer be able to claim any repayment for the remaining loan. The subsequent tenants will not fall under this Residential Tenancy Agreement VLC.
- Since the landlord takes the main responsibility of applying for the solar rebate, as well as an interest-free loan, reluctance or refusal coming from the tenants will compel the landlord to pay the loan. However, if both parties show disaffection for paying the loan, then they are asked to contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) to settle the dispute between them and seek for the solution.
- The landlord cannot haggle over the due amount of loan by increasing the rent to cover the costs as mentioned in the Victorian Rental Agreement. Besides, the landlord cannot put pressure on the tenant to pay for the remaining loan starting from any period as soon as they vacate the property.
- The duration of the agreement between the tenant, and the landlord is 48 months except if the landlord loses the ownership of the property or the tenant happens to leave the property for any reason. The cost cannot be recouped by increasing the rent for the existing renters.
- When the quote has been granted by the retailer, and the installation date has been fixed by the landlord, the tenant must acknowledge that he/she has persuaded the landlord to install the solar systems. Therefore, according to section 85 of the Act (Entry of rented premises), the landlord or the authorised person at the time of installing the system must be granted an access to the property by the tenant.
- The tenant must acknowledge that the landlord’s authorised DELWP workers or its contractors need to access the property for the sake of the inspections or audits of the solar system. It is imperative for you and your landlord to be present in the property at the time of the installation to allow the installer to access to your property.
- The landlord or property manager will contact you to inform you about the installation of the solar system. Furthermore, you need to get a grid connection from the trustworthy retailers, as well as offer for solar feed-in-tariff. For the grid connection, contact your local electricity retailer for more information.
Steps for Applying for the Solar Rebates for Renters in Victoria
- Completed Landlord-Tenant Agreement with signature
- Satisfactory credit report
- A copy of your quote
- Proof of property ownership, for example, a full council rate notice for the installation address
- Entry of 2 of the following proofs of identity, such as driver’s license, Medicare card, Australian passport, Australian birth certificate, Immicard, and Foreign passport with a valid Australian Visa.