COP26: Will landlords need to make changes to their rental properties?

The UN’s COP26 conference in Glasgow has pushed climate change back to the top of the UK government’s agenda.

The government has recently announced its intentions to improve as many homes across the country as possible, aiming to ensure residential properties meet a minimum standard of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C by 2035.

This target will have implications for landlords, as the EPC requirements will change from a minimum of band E, to at least a band C. We recommend keeping up to date with the news for further updates.

In addition to EPC ratings, the government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution aims to increase heat pump installations to 600,000 annually by 2028 and hopes to see a gradual transition to low-carbon heating systems over the next 14 years. The government has also advised that it will decide on the potential role for hydrogen in heating buildings by 2026

If you’re a landlord, you may wish to check your property or portfolio and start planning how to meet these future standards. If you are considering buying a property to let, you should bear in mind the above changes when making your purchase.

If you’d like to discuss improving your rental property, our knowledgeable Lettings team can help – please call 0113 264 2642 or email

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Helen Jolly

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Helen Jolly

Director (Lettings)

With a BSc in Estate Management, Helen has over 20 years’ experience in residential lettings and property management, from individual houses to property portfolios.

She set up Emsleys Estate Agents’ Lettings Service in 2007 and is responsible for assisting aspiring landlords or those with single or multiple properties to rent.

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