What does an EPC mean to a landlord?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document showing the potential carbon footprint and energy efficiency of a property. It rates properties based on a scale of A to G - A is the most efficient and G is the least efficient.
All tenancies in England and Wales that began after 1st April 2018 are required to have a minimum EPC rating of E. All existing tenancies will have to comply by 1st April 2020. The regulations mean that no landlord can let a property with a rating of F or G until the necessary energy efficiency improvements have been done. A local authority could impose financial penalties of up to £4,000 on a landlord if it finds they are in breach of these regulations or unable to prove compliance.
As a landlord, we advise that you review your property’s EPC rating and undertake any reasonable improvements that may be necessary in order to comply with the law and best practice. It is also important that you check the date the EPC was carried out as they're only valid for 10 years and you need a valid EPC every time your property is marketed to let.
An EPC is issued by an accredited domestic energy assessor after inspecting the property. NLA members can get discounted rates on EPC assessments via our Recognised Supplier.
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