3 ways to go green in lettings

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3 ways to go green in lettings

Guest blog by Goodlord, a property lettings software that improves the renting process for agents, landlords and tenants alike.


In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, while 2020 saw calls for tackling climate change to be included in planning for a post-pandemic future.

Energy in housing accounts for 14% of total UK emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change – and the government has proposed increasing the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in response. Going green may require investment but there are opportunities to be had for landlords and agents.

1. Offer a green energy supplier to tenants

Sustainability tops the agenda for many tenants. Research by YouGov shows that Gen Z are 45% more likely to prioritise eco-friendly or sustainable products over price.

Your landlords could boost the appeal of their property for tenants with the offer of a green energy or electricity supplier. Of course, with the energy crisis reducing the choice of suppliers and increasing costs, you’ll need to balance this option with the cost of going green.

If you offer a utility switching service to change to a green provider, you’ll make the tenant’s move less arduous so it’s an easy win to keep them happy – and hopefully in your landlord’s property for longer. Some companies, such as Goodlord, can even automate this service, to make the switch hassle free for everyone involved.

2. Encourage your landlords to upgrade and renovate

If your landlords invest in energy efficiency updates, this can similarly tap into the green sensibilities of your tenants, and help support them during the cost of living crisis.

Landlords are already required to boost all tenancies from an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G to at least an E rating. Landlords that don’t meet the requirements need to spend up to a maximum of £3,500 towards improving rental properties, whether insulating the loft, roof or walls, upgrading the boiler, installing low-energy lighting, and so on.

The government has now also proposed increasing the required rating to EPC band C on new tenancies by 2025, which would require a new maximum investment of £10,000 to upgrade.

Build-to-rent homes have the advantage of being designed around the modern renter so landlords who update their properties will be better placed to compete in this new and challenging market.

You and your landlord’s costs will also be reduced. Better insulation, for example, will mean less damp so less maintenance, happier tenants, and a higher house value. Statistics show that house prices can grow up to 14% when improving energy efficiency ratings to A/B and Hamptons research found that half of the properties bought by investors in the first two months of 2022 had an EPC rating A-C – something for your landlords to consider if they plan to sell in the future.

You can find a list of six of the schemes, loans, and grants available to help your landlords make these upgrades on Goodlord’s Newsagent.

3. Be digital-first in your day to day

It’s not all about your tenants and landlords – your agency can also reduce its paper trail to support the government’s net zero goals, and to create new ways to work more efficiently. An online solution can translate to time saved and therefore lower costs for you, and create a more streamlined process for both your landlords and tenants.

From e-signing, online payments, and a digital referencing service – that a lettings platform like Goodlord can provide – to virtual tours, video conferencing and webinars. If you combine the different options available, you can minimise the number of physical documents you’ll need and reduce the number of in-person meetings. You’ll be saving time and reducing your carbon footprint.


Guest blog by Goodlord, a property lettings software that improves the renting process for agents, landlords and tenants alike.

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