Energy Performance Certificates
Landlords must provide an Energy Performance Certificate for their property when letting to a new tenant. The purpose of them is to tell the tenant how energy efficient the property is.
They are valid for ten years and they can be used as many times as required during that period. If a new one is issued at any point during this time then it will be the most recent that is applicable. They are not required for properties that have been occupied before the 1st October 2008 and continue to be occupied by the same tenant. However, when a tenant is due to move out landlords are advised to apply for a certificate 14 days before it is required.
Certificates are required for each individual self-contained flat if there are no shared facilities. They will be rated from A, which is very efficient to G, which is very inefficient.
An Accredited Energy Assessor can certify properties but needs to be a current member of an accredited scheme. Details of assessors can be found on the EPC register.
An assessor will need to inspect the property and photographs may be taken.
To prepare for the inspection landlords are advised that they may need to supply copies of deeds, details of when the property was built, details of any extensions, certificates of double glazing etc.
Following the inspection, a report will be sent to the landlord with any recommendations, which will include any cost savings that can be achieved if the improvements are made. These recommendations are cost effective and will be separated into two categories; low cost (less than £500) and high cost (over £500).
There will be no penalties if landlords do not carry out the recommendations. However, there will be a £200 penalty if they fail to provide an EPC. This fine is enforceable through Trading Standards.
Landlords can receive financial assistance towards the cost of installing energy efficiency measures. Useful information is available from the following websites: