The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) legislation was introduced into the lettings sector in October 2008 and as part of the lettings process, landlords are required to make an EPC available to any prospective tenant.
An EPC is a certificate issued by an authorised Home Energy Assessor, which is valid for ten years. The certificate is illustrated by two graphs that highlight the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the building in question. These are very similar to the graphs found on a new fridge or car. Rated from A-G, where A is the most efficient and G the least efficient, the graphs are designed to raise awareness of the environmental issues associated with the property in an effort to help us become more environmentally aware.
The certificate also contains recommended ways of improving the property’s energy performance, and landlords would be well advised to take advantage of the various grants available to landlords wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.
The implications of not having an EPC actually go beyond any potential cost saving as a result of efficiency improvements. The Department of Communities and Local Government has warned that if landlords do not provide an EPC to a prospective tenant, then a ‘fixed penalty charge’ notice will be issued. This could be for as much as £200 er dwelling, per day without a certificate!
We are always aware of our responsibility to help our landlords comply with the increasing burden of legislation. So why not ask us to arrange your EPC today in order to avoid any potential liability. Please feel free to contact us on 0207 033 0311 for further information.