What a New Labour Government Means for Energy Efficiency Improvements in the Private Rental Sector

With Labour winning the 2024 general election, landlords in the private rental sector must prepare for significant changes to energy efficiency standards. Labour’s new policies are set to bring about transformative improvements aimed at making homes more energy-efficient, reducing tenants’ energy bills, and contributing to the UK’s climate goals. Here’s what landlords need to know about these impending changes and how they can prepare.

Labour’s Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Labour’s victory solidifies their commitment to enforcing minimum energy efficiency standards across the UK’s housing stock. By 2030, all private rented sector homes must meet these new standards, which are expected to lower energy costs for tenants and reduce the carbon footprint of the housing sector​ (Boydens)​​ (POLITICO)​.

Implications for Landlords

  1. Mandatory Upgrades: Landlords will need to undertake necessary improvements to ensure their properties meet the required energy efficiency standards by 2030. This could involve enhancing insulation, upgrading to double-glazed windows, and other energy-saving measures.
  2. Financial Support: To support landlords in making these upgrades, the Labour government has introduced the “Warm Homes Plan.” This plan pledges £6.6 billion to help retrofit homes with improved insulation, solar panels, and low-carbon heating solutions​ (The Independent Landlord)​.
  3. Balanced Approach: One key aspect of Labour’s policy is that while significant improvements will be required, there will be no mandate to replace boilers. This decision aims to strike a balance by promoting energy efficiency without imposing excessively high costs on landlords​ (Boydens)​.
  4. Market Competitiveness: Properties that meet higher energy efficiency standards are more attractive to tenants, who increasingly prefer homes with lower energy costs and better living conditions. Upgrading your property can enhance its market competitiveness.

Preparing for the Changes

  1. Assess Current EPC Ratings: Start by evaluating the current EPC ratings of your properties. Understanding the current status will help you identify the necessary improvements to meet the new standards.
  2. Plan and Budget for Upgrades: Develop a comprehensive plan and budget for the required energy efficiency upgrades. Take advantage of any financial incentives, grants, or low-interest loans provided by the government under the “Warm Homes Plan.”
  3. Seek Professional Advice: Consulting with energy efficiency experts or building surveyors can provide valuable insights and tailored advice on how to effectively upgrade your properties. Professional guidance can ensure that improvements are both effective and compliant with the new standards.
  4. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with any further announcements or detailed guidelines from the Labour government regarding the implementation of these new standards. Staying informed will help you take timely and informed actions to comply with the regulations.


Labour’s election victory signals a robust commitment to improving energy efficiency in the private rental sector. By setting a target to meet new energy efficiency standards by 2030, Labour aims to reduce energy costs for tenants, improve living standards, and support the UK’s environmental objectives. As a landlord, proactive planning and leveraging available support will be crucial in navigating these changes. By preparing now, you can ensure compliance with the new regulations and enhance the desirability and value of your rental properties.

For more details on Labour’s plans and how they might affect you, check out the full Labour 2024 manifesto​ (POLITICO)​.