Advice on energy performance certificates for rented property

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a guide that would-be buyers or tenants get when they look at a property. It shows how efficiently a home uses energy, the cost of running a home and recommendations of how to improve the energy efficiency of the property

We are required by law to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for all properties within the first seven days of marketing. This certificate must be freely available and a copy supplied to all prospective Tenants before they enter into a rental contract. This certificate will remain valid for 10 years.
We have an arrangement with a local Domestic Energy Assessor to provide these certificates within the necessary timescale. Recent amendments to the law propose that from 2018 a minimum EPC standard of ‘E’ will be introduced for all rental accommodation and that from 2016 any requests from current tenants to improve their property to this minimum standard cannot be unreasonably declined. We advise all Landlords to take this into consideration when carrying out any improvements to their property.

Failure to comply with any of the above regulations could lead to prosecution and a large fine and/or imprisonment. This legislation may seem daunting and must be taken seriously, however as a professional Letting Agent we will help guide you to ensure that you comply with your Landlord’s obligations and to ensure that your property is safe for Tenants to occupy.