Here we'll help both landlords in the private rented sector and commercial landlords find resources to support retrofitting their properties to make them more energy efficient and achieve minimum energy efficient standards.
Landlords in the private rented sector
Privately-rented properties have had to have an EPC “E” rating or above since 2020, but in 2025 any new tenancies must achieve at least a “C” rating and this applies to all tenancies from 2028. It is unlikely to stop there, with experts at the recent National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) Conference saying these targets will move further in coming
years. In addition, some mortgage companies are starting to offer lower interest rates for more energy-efficient (and less greenhouse gas-emitting) properties.
This means that improving energy-efficiency could benefit both landlords and tenants, while also supporting the move towards net-zero carbon emissions.
There is more information about the legislation and any exemptions which may apply on the Government website:
Since April 2018 it has been a legal requirement for a commercial building to have an EPC rating of at least E before a new or renewal lease can be granted. Failure to comply risks a fine of between £5,000 to £150,000 for the landlord, and also the risk of the breach being publicised on the PRS Exemptions Register. With effect from April 2023 this requirement will be extended to apply to both new and existing leases.
In December 2020, the government unveiled its Energy White Paper which sets out the steps it is planning to take over the next 10 years in order to meet its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Among other things, this white paper outlined a new framework to reach a target of increasing the minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) for all commercial property to an EPC rating of B by April 2030. This ambitious target will lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and support the natural environment.
Both residential and commercial landlords can benefit from following a standard process for
improving energy-efficiency and reducing the costs of buildings while contributing towards
climate improvement goals.
Grand funding is available for both landlords in the private rented sector and commercial landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
There are three regular courses provided through Zero Carbon Harrogate for property businesses, contractors and trade in Harrogate District (Air Source Heat Pump Installation Training Course, FCR Retrofit Awareness Course and Pas2035 Retrofit Assessor Training).
For more details, including funding arrangements, providers and eligibility please go to the Zero Carbon Harrogate website:
Here you'll find details of how to get an assessment of your property, carry out work and advice of what materials to use.