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

As the 2024 general election approaches, landlords in the private rental sector should prepare for significant changes in energy efficiency standards should Labour come into power. Labour’s manifesto sets ambitious targets for improving energy efficiency across the UK’s housing stock. Here’s what landlords need to know about these potential changes and how they could impact your properties.

Labour’s Commitment to Energy Efficiency

While Labour’s 2024 manifesto does not specifically mention achieving an EPC rating of C, it does emphasize the importance of improving energy efficiency in the private rented sector. The manifesto outlines plans to ensure that all rental properties meet minimum energy efficiency standards by 2030. This initiative aims to reduce energy bills for tenants and contribute to the UK’s broader climate goals​ (Boydens)​.

Implications for Landlords

  1. Mandatory Upgrades: Labour’s commitment means landlords will need to make necessary improvements to meet the new energy efficiency standards. This could involve better insulation, upgrading windows, and other energy-saving measures.
  2. Financial Support: The manifesto includes the “Warm Homes Plan,” which pledges significant investment to support energy efficiency improvements. This plan could provide grants or low-interest loans to help landlords fund necessary upgrades​ (The Independent Landlord)​​ (POLITICO)​.
  3. Balanced Approach: Notably, Labour has clarified that while improvements will be mandatory, there will be no requirement for landlords to replace boilers, easing some of the financial burdens associated with compliance​ (Boydens)​.
  4. Market Competitiveness: Improving energy efficiency can make rental properties more attractive to potential tenants, who are increasingly looking for energy-efficient homes to reduce their utility costs.

Preparing for the Changes

  1. Assess Current EPC Ratings: Start by evaluating the current EPC ratings of your properties. This will help you understand what improvements are necessary to meet the new standards.
  2. Plan and Budget for Upgrades: Develop a plan and budget for making the required upgrades. Look out for any available financial incentives or support programs that may be introduced to assist with these improvements.
  3. Seek Professional Advice: Consider consulting with energy efficiency experts or building surveyors who can provide tailored advice on how to effectively upgrade your properties to meet the new standards.
  4. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of any updates or detailed guidelines from Labour regarding these new standards. This will ensure you can take timely and informed action to comply with the regulations.


Labour’s 2024 manifesto signals a strong commitment to raising energy efficiency standards in the private rental sector, aiming for significant improvements by 2030. As a landlord, it’s crucial to start preparing for these changes by assessing your properties, planning necessary upgrades, and seeking professional advice. By taking proactive steps, you can not only comply with upcoming regulations but also 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)​.