From October 1st, all landlords must make an energy performance certificate (EPC) available to prospective tennants free of charge.
The EPC provides information on the energy efficiency of the property including carbon emissions, and is similar to those displayed on white goods such as washing machines, where efficiency is graded A to G.
An EPC has been part of a Home Information Pack for residential property sales since December 2007, where the average property rating to date has been D.
The new legislation applies to property in England and Wales, and is based on the marketing of a property, so landlords with existing tenants have no legal obligation to provide one until tenants change. Once a certificate has been produced, it is valid for 10 years.
Landlords found to be not complying, face a fine of up to £200 per property.
EPC’s can only be produced by accredited Domestic Energy Assessors and L&C have teamed up with ERS, one of the UK's largest energy report and valuation providers, to provide competitively priced EPCs for our clients. The cost is £80 +VAT for each certificate, which includes suggestions on how the rating could be improved.
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