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Landlords rush to take advantage of ECO4 after threats of penalties under new regulation

Landlords could face penalties of up to £30,000 for not complying with the new regulation.

  • Landlords in the UK could face penalties of up to £30,000 under new EPC regulations
  • Many are using the Government’s ECO4 scheme to upgrade their properties free-of-charge

A new proposal to tighten the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards has been made by the UK Government, stating that landlords will not be able to rent out properties that have an Energy Performance Certificate of anything less than a C.

The suggested changes are part of an effort to ensure homes are more energy-efficient and less harmful to the environment, progressing towards the government’s net-zero targets.

Currently in England and Wales, landlords are able to rent out and advertise for properties that have an EPC of E or above, meaning there will be a reasonably big step up in terms of the government’s expectations.

Landlords who do not comply could face fines of up to £30,000, and will not be able to advertise their property for rent until they give proof of an updated and compliant EPC.

What options are there for landlords?

As a result of the announcement, many landlords are now turning to the Government’s ECO4 scheme, which provides free energy-efficiency upgrades to eligible properties.

This scheme would mean landlords can upgrade their properties free of charge, and eliminate risk of penalties if and when the new regulation comes into play.

Others will need to pay for the upgrades out of their own pockets, or risk a hefty fine.

Am I eligible?

To find out if you’re eligible for free energy-efficiency upgrades to your home, complete the short quiz below. is an independent platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make smarter financial decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are provided by companies from which receives compensation, though we never advertise or promote services or companies that we do not ethically support.

You may be eligible if:

  • Your total household income is below £30,000
  • You received some kind of government benefits this year
  • Your property has an Energy Efficiency Certificate of E, F or G
Am I Eligible?