Information for landlords

Energy efficiency information for landlords

Warm homes are cheaper to heat and more attractive to tenants and buyers so good insulation and sufficient affordable heating will mean tenants are happier and more likely to stay. Maintenance costs are higher in cold homes, with un-insulated walls, where damp and condensation can cause mould growth and damage to the building structure, particularly walls and window frames. Homes with damp and condensation can put tenants’ health at risk. Making energy efficiency improvements therefore has multiple advantages.

Minimum energy efficiency requirements for landlords are to be introduced by the government, but there are incentives, potential sources of support and ways to fund energy efficiency improvements without full upfront payment. Some renewable technologies can even generate income. Further details are described on this page.

Requirements for landlords:

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Landlords are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a rented property and to make this available to tenants. To find an accredited person to undertake an Energy Performance Certificate or to check that an individual is accredited go to the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate Register.

An EPC gives information about a property’s energy use and environmental impact, with recommendations on how to cost effectively improve its energy efficiency and save money. It will give the property a rating on a scale from A (best) to G (worst) including an energy efficiency (SAP) rating on a scale of 1 (worst) to 100 (best). They are valid for 10 years. EPCs allow prospective tenants to compare the likely running costs of rental properties. For more information go to the GOV.UK website.

Minimum legal standards

The Energy Act 2011 provides that, from April 2018 at the latest, it will be unlawful to rent out residential premises which do not reach a minimum energy efficiency standard. Detailed regulations have not yet been issued, but it is likely that the lowest acceptable energy rating will be E. This means that landlords need to consider improving the energy efficiency of F- and G-rated buildings now or they will be unable to let them out after April 2018.

By 2016, tenants will be legally allowed to demand reasonable energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

For more information go to the GOV.UK website

Incentives for landlords:

Grants for eligible tenants

Landlords can agree to certain grants to heat or insulate their properties where their tenants are eligible subject to landlords' permission - see our heating and insulation pages. 

Renewable energy

Installation of certain renewable electricity or heating technologies can generate some income, as well as improving the energy rating and reducing the running costs of the property. See our renewable energy pages.

Empty property grants

Discretionary grants are offered by the council to help make empty properties suitable for renting. Among the allowable works is thermal upgrading, which could include windows, boiler work and insulation. For more information go to our empty property grants page or contact the empty property team, email or call (020) 8825 6229 or 9482

Other information for landlords

For information on landlord/tenant responsibilities regarding repairs in private housing and possible repairs grants go to our repairs - private housing pages.