Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Since 1st October 2008 all landlords in England & Wales have been obliged to supply a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of the property to any prospective tenants seriously considering renting the property.
What is it?
An EPC, as the name suggests, shows the energy efficiency (i.e. the running costs) of the property. It also shows the environmental impact of the property (i.e. carbon dioxide emissions). Each of these is rated A to G, with A being the most energy efficient. Accompanying the EPC will be a recommendations report with suggested works to be carried out. You are not obliged to carry out any of these works, though it could make sense. It does not cost much to lag an attic, for example, but it could save you money if it makes your property more rentable.
How much does it cost?
An EPC costs about £100, and is valid for 10 years. You don’t have to have a new one carried out, even if you do work to the property, though you may choose so if the work renders the property more energy efficient.
You can use an existing EPC if you got one with the Home Information Pack when you bought the property, and with new-builds you can use the EPC provided when renting the property out
Who provides EPCs?
An EPC must be prepared by a registered assessor. There are a many firms which produce EPCs.
Who is responsible for an EPC?
The legal responsibility rests with the landlord but the landlord can arrange with the letting/managing agent to carry out these responsibilities. However, responsibility for compliance would still remain with the landlord.
For what types of property is an EPC required?
An EPC is required for individual dwellings - a self-contained unit with its own kitchen, toilet and bathroom behind its own front door.
It is not required for non self-contained accommodation such as bedsits, rooms in shared houses and halls of residence.
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