Big changes are coming for landlords in 2025, and one of the most important is the new energy efficiency regulations.

With the introduction of the new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations in 2025, there’s never been a better time to upgrade the energy efficiency of your rented properties.

But the question on everyone’s mind is ‘Are there any EPC grants for landlords ahead of these upcoming changes’?

In this post, we’ll explain what these changes could mean for you and whether government funding is available to help with this costly change.

What are the new EPC regulations coming in 2025?

From 2025, every newly rented property must have an EPC of C or higher.

These rules will be enforced on every new tenancy from 2025 onwards, and on any existing tenancy by 2028. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a £30,000 fine.

An EPC is a document that demonstrates how energy efficient your property is, with A being the highest and therefore most energy efficient, and G being the lowest.

Currently, the lowest EPC band a property can have is E, but that won’t be enough to meet the new rules from the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

Considering that a whopping 60% of homes in the private rental sector have an EPC of D or lower, the effect of these upcoming changes is expected to be seismic.

How long do EPCs last?

An EPC is valid for 10 years, costing anywhere between £35 to £120.

However, failure to obtain an EPC can result in a fine of up to £5,000.

After receiving your EPC, you’ll also receive a list of recommended energy efficiency improvements.

These could include:

  • Installing insulation and heating systems, such as cavity wall insulation and a more efficient boiler
  • Fitting double glazing to reduce heat loss
  • Replacing draughty doors and windows
  • Installing low energy lighting

Is there funding for new EPC regulations?

The good news is that the government does offer funding and other incentives for energy efficiency, including grants specifically for upgrading your rental properties to meet the new EPC regulations.

UK landlords could upgrade their property at a discounted price (or even for free) with the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme or the Great British Insulation Scheme.

Or, they could see their inefficient heating system replaced under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. Let’s explore what each scheme offers.

What is ECO4?

The ECO4 Scheme is the fourth phase of the Energy Company Obligation scheme and aims to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s most vulnerable homes.

The scheme runs until 2026 and offers eligible homes discounted (or free) energy-efficient upgrades, such as insulation, solar panels, heat pumps or biomass boilers.

To apply for an ECO4 grant, your property must have an EPC of D or below and a tenant receiving government benefits.

The cost of an ECO4 upgrade can be nothing at all, however, there are some instances where a small fee may be required to cover installation costs.

This depends on the living situation of the tenant and is always agreed before the work is done.

If your property/tenant does not match the ECO4 requirements, you can appeal to your local authority for a grant under ECO4 Flex. Alternatively, you could apply for a grant through the Great British Insulation Scheme.

What is the Great British Insulation Scheme?

Formally known as ECO Plus, the Great British Insulation Scheme is funded by the UK government to help improve energy efficiency in vulnerable households.

The scheme offers free insulation, including loft and cavity wall insulation, to eligible homeowners. It also offers discounted upgrades for landlords in the private rental sector whose tenants are receiving government benefits.

To qualify for a grant through the Great British Insulation Scheme, your property must have an EPC of D or below.

The primary difference between ECO4 and the Great British Insulation Scheme is that to qualify for a grant through the Great British Insulation Scheme, your tenants are not required to be in receipt of government benefits.

The only requirement for a Great British Insulation Scheme grant is that your property must have an EPC of D or below.

Much like ECO4, these upgrades can be free but there are instances where cover for the installation costs may be required, depending on your unique situation.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Another alternative to improving your property’s EPC is through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

Through this government scheme, eligible landlords can upgrade their property’s boiler to a more efficient model for no upfront cost.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme can be applied to all privately rented properties and is available to landlords with an EPC of D or lower.

To be eligible for a grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, you must own the property and it must be in England or Wales.

The property must have a valid EPC with no outstanding recommendations for insulation and an insulation capacity of up to 45kWth.

Improve your EPC today and secure your property’s future

Whether you’re considering an upgrade through ECO4, the Great British Insulation Scheme, or the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, you can start making the necessary changes to your rental property and secure its future today by contacting the So Eco team.

To apply for any of the above schemes, get in touch with our team and we’ll help you understand the process and the best option for your property.

So Eco is one of the UK’s leading providers of energy-efficiency upgrades through these schemes and can provide you with a range of options to help improve your rental property’s EPC rating.

With years of experience in the industry, we have helped thousands of landlords upgrade their properties at an affordable price – sometimes with it not even costing them a penny!

Get in touch with our experienced team today, or use our online eligibility checker to see if you are able to make vital changes to your property to secure your future today.

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