Non-Lease vs Lease contracts


When you decide whether you want to go down the Lease or a Non-Lease agreement when selling your Feed-In-Tariff it’s important to take everything into consideration. The Non-lease option was designed to give you a lot of flexibility and control over the process and during our long-term agreement because we do not take ownership over your panels.

With our Non-Lease arrangement you’ll retain ownership of your PV System, all you’re doing is changing the Feed-In-Tariff into our name. Going down the Non-Lease option makes the process very quick and easy only taking around 4 weeks for payment to be made to you. A Lease agreement or ‘Airspace Lease’ agreement as they are referred to will take considerably longer as they will need your mortgage providers permission whilst the non-lease doesn’t as we don’t own anything on your property and we do not register a lease against your property title.

The Non-lease option is perfect for those who are thinking of selling their property because it gives the homeowners the opportunity to cash in their Feed-In-Tariff for a sizeable Tax-Free Lump Sum at no cost to you. The lease could cause problems because there’s a third-party interest over the property. The question to ask yourself is would you buy a house with a third-party having interest over it?

With the Non-Lease, we don’t require your mortgage providers permission.

If you wanted to install batteries to be more efficient, you can do so.

If you or the new homeowners wanted to terminate the contract you always have the ability to.

Throughout this process there will be no cost to you at all.


What’s the difference between Lease and Non-Lease?

Both routes involve exchanging all the future FiT payments for a cash lump sum, however there are differences between a Lease and a Non-Lease.

If you go down the lease option the purchasing company will take ownership over your Solar PV system, register a lease over your property which could cause problems when selling or remortgaging in the future. There could also be a tax implication for you since you are selling an asset attached to your property.

On the other hand, if you sell your Feed-In-Tariff to us with the Non-Lease agreement, you’ll still own your PV System and there is no lease attached to the property.  We believe this makes the selling and remortgaging process much easier. You’ll still benefit from all the free electricity generated by your PV system and the free monitoring and maintenance of your PV system for the remaining FiT period.

We know in the future you may need work done to your roof but that’s okay because all you have to do is let us know. With a lease agreement you will have to ask permission to get work done and because they have ownership of the panels and a lease over the property it’s up to them whether or not you can proceed as they have more control over the property.

Why Choose to sell your FiT to Us?

Selling your Feed-In-Tariff to Solar Equity Release doesn’t mean we take ownership over your panels, all you’re doing is assigning the rights of the FiT to us. There is no lease attached to your property, so if you wish to sell your house you can, with ease! A large number of our customer base sell their property on a weekly basis and our process works well.

The new homeowners will still own their PV System, benefit from the free electricity and have the peace of mind, that their PV system  is being monitored and maintained for free. The lease option could complicate things for your property as they have more power and control over your property. The question to ask yourself is, would you buy a property with a 3rd party interest over it?

Selling/assigning us your FiT will not cause any problems with mortgages.

When we designed our agreement, we wanted to make the process hassle free and flexible for our customers that’s why we take the risk not to register a lease over the property.

What’s the issue with selling your FiT with a Lease Agreement?

We believe going down the Lease option is a big mistake because you’re giving the purchasing company more control over your property by registering a lease or an “air space lease” over your property. This gives the Lease company powers and control over your property. Having this air space lease could cause potential buyers to be put-off because there’s a 3rd party interest over the property. Those that may entertain the idea of purchasing your property may also push for a lower value for your property which could cost you thousands.

As they are registering a lease, your mortgage provider will have to give consent which could result in delays and could affect the mortgage on your property.

If you wanted to install batteries to make your PV system, the lease option won’t allow you to do so as they own the entire system.

The new homeowners will still own their PV System, benefit from the free electricity and have the peace of mind, that their PV system  is being monitored and maintained for free. The lease option could complicate things for your property as they have more power and control over your property. The question to ask yourself is, would you buy a property with a 3rd party interest over it?

Selling/assigning us your FiT will not cause any problems with mortgages.

When we designed our agreement, we wanted to make the process hassle free and flexible for our customers that’s why we take the risk not to register a lease over the property.