Information for property managers
The solar for rentals trial closed on 30 June 2020. If you have an enquiry about your application, call 1800 623 946.
The trial helped landlords and tenants in the Bundaberg, Gladstone and Townsville local government areas access solar power and share the benefits.
For more information about the rental property, lease and solar system eligibility requirements, read about how the trial works.
Benefits of the trial for property managers
The solar for rentals trial is a great opportunity to:
- set your agency and region apart
- improve the rental appeal of properties on your rent roll (which is good for business)
- be a point of difference for your landlords and tenants by helping them participate.
How to get involved – tools and resources for property managers
Use the tools and resources below to help landlords who have registered for the trial and their tenants.
Step 1: Help tenants sign up to the trial
For a landlord to be eligible for a rebate, their property must be tenanted.
There are up to 3 documents the tenant must sign to get solar installed at their place by the landlord:
- Tenant consent form (DOC, 136KB) declaring the tenant is the electricity account holder at the rental property and agrees to participate in the trial
- End lease letter (DOC, 16KB) (only if an existing lease is in place)
- New lease with a fair rent increase.
The tenant consent form, the end lease letter (if needed) and the new lease with a fair rent increase must be completed, signed and returned before the solar system is installed.
The landlord will need a copy of the tenant consent form and new lease (with the solar special conditions attached) to submit with their rebate application.
Note: The tenant invitation, tenant fact sheet, tenant consent form, end lease letter and the new lease could be sent to the tenant all in one email, depending on your internal processes.
Getting tenant consent
To receive a rebate, landlords must get their tenant’s consent to participate in the trial.
- Send the tenant invitation, tenant fact sheet and the tenant consent form to the tenant.
Ending the existing lease
Tenants must sign up to a new lease with a fair rental increase. Existing leases can be ended by mutual agreement.
- Complete and send the attached end lease letter to the tenant for them to sign and return.
Preparing a new lease with solar special conditions
The new lease must be in writing, cover a minimum term of 12 months and set out the fair rent increase in the solar special conditions.
The solar special conditions have been drafted to use in new leases where solar is installed. They set out landlord and tenant responsibilities for the solar installation, the rent increase, system maintenance and access to the solar system data.
- Insert the solar special conditions (DOC, 27KB) into your lease template.
The solar special conditions have been drafted as a guide for landlords and tenants. The parties should satisfy themselves that the conditions are satisfactory for their needs and, if they need further assistance, seek their own independent legal and financial advice.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Queensland Government makes no statement, representation, or warranty about the quality, accuracy, context, completeness, availability or suitability for any purpose of, and you should not rely on, any materials, including the special conditions, available on or through this website or in solar for rentals program fact sheets.
Working out a fair rent increase
The solar for rentals calculator will help you work out a fair rent increase for different sized solar systems. It will also estimate the tenant’s savings from solar after the rent increase.
- Use the solar for rentals calculator to work out the landlord’s solar income and a fair rent increase for the tenant. You’ll need to know what size system the landlord is installing and approximately how much it costs.
- Add the weekly rent increase amount into the solar special conditions in the new lease. Check the lease term is for at least 12 months.
- Send the new lease to the tenant along with the end lease letter.
Note: The rent increase starts 3 months after the lease date or the date of installation of the solar system (whichever is later). This is to allow for the solar system to be installed and connected to the grid before the fair rent increase starts. You may wish to enter this date into your financial systems.
Step 2: Arrange access for installation
To be eligible for a rebate, the landlord must have the system supplied and installed by an approved installer. The solar installer will need access to the property to install the solar system.
- Depending on your processes, this may just require an entry notice to the tenant or the tenant may wish to arrange this directly with the installer.
- Make sure the new lease and tenant consent form are signed and returned before the solar is installed.
Note: Some installers may also need early access to quote for the cost of the system.
For more information about how the trial works, email SolarForRentals@dnrme.qld.gov.au.