The Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) was
introduced to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency
of let residential properties. It is an allowance for the cost of
acquiring and installing certain energy-saving items. Expenditure
on these items cannot normally be deducted when calculating taxable
profits and is not eligible for capital allowances under CAA 2001.
The allowance is available on qualifying expenditure on specified energy saving items incurred before 6 April 2015.
The legislation for landlords within the charge to income tax is in ITTOIA 2005, s.312-314 and the Energy-Saving Items Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/831).
LESA can be claimed on the following energy-saving items in let residential property, provided the expenditure is incurred on or after the dates specified below and before 6 April 2015:
|Loft insulation||From 6 April 2004|
|Cavity wall insulation||From 6 April 2004|
|Solid wall insulation||From 7 April 2005|
|Draught proofing||From 6 April 2006|
|Hot water system insulation||From 6 April 2006|
|Floor insulation||From 6 April 2007|
From 6 April 2004 to 5 April 2007 the maximum allowance was
£1,500 per building per year.
From 6 April 2007 the maximum allowance is £1,500 per dwelling house. This means that where a single building contains two or more dwellings, the landlord can claim up to £1,500 on each dwelling.
The legislation for landlords within the charge to Corporation Tax is in ICTA 1988, s.31ZA to 31ZC, and the Energy-Saving Items (Corporation Tax) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/1520).
LESA can be claimed on the energy-saving items listed above, provided the expenditure was incurred on or after 8 July 2008 and before 1 April 2015.The maximum allowance is £1,500 per dwelling house.
Expenditure may need to be apportioned. For example, where a landlord installs energy- saving items in:
In these circumstances a just and reasonable apportionment of
the expenditure must be made between all the properties which
benefit from the energy saving item. A landlord should only claim
for the expenditure which benefits the residential property that
they let, reduced to £1,500 for each dwelling-house if
Pat spends £2,000 installing an energy-saving item in a building containing a let residential property and a shop. The work benefits both properties equally. Pat is entitled to a LESA deduction of £1,000.
A landlord cannot claim the allowance:
Guidance for claiming LESA is available on the Directgov website.