Energy Efficiency Changes for Landlords

Article Posted -
15 Mar 2012

Landlords are being reminded about changes to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) which will affect rental properties* in the UK.

An EPC gives information on the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a property, and is mandatory for all private-rented sector homes.

From 6 April 2012, landlords and letting agents will have just seven days to produce an EPC after they’ve started marketing the property for new tenants, rather than the previous 28 day period.

The full EPC report must also be provided to prospective tenants, rather than just the graph showing energy efficiency.

David Salusbury, Chairman, National Landlords Association, commented:

“EPCs give tenants vital information about the energy efficiency of their property and also contain an estimate of their utility bills.

“They also help landlords make informed decisions about how to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties by recommending improvements.”

“Landlords have clearly been doing their bit, with 54% recently stating they’d made energy efficiency improvements to their properties in the past 12 months**.”

Nigel Hoath from NLA EPCs said:

“These changes mean that it is even more important for landlords to have a fast and efficient supplier of EPCs.  An effective EPC assessment will give a landlord a comprehensive report of the property’s energy consumption which complies with these new government regulations.”

To find out more about obtaining an EPC from the NLA, visit www.landlords.org.uk/epcs


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*An EPC is not required if the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).  However, an EPC is required if the HMO is being sold.

**662 NLA members were surveyed. The survey was conducted by the NLA and BDRC Continental, the UK’s largest independent research agency, to evaluate landlord’s concerns during the second quarter of 2011.

For further information, please contact:
Dane Svenson, Press Officer
0207 840 8925
dane.svenson@landlords.org.uk


NOTES TO EDITORS:
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is the UK’s leading organisation for private-residential landlords. It has over 20,000 paid-up members, ranging from full-time landlords with large property portfolios to those with just a single letting. NLA membership helps landlords make a success of their lettings business by providing a wide range of information, advice and services. The NLA campaigns for the legitimate interests of landlords by seeking to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and by making landlords’ collective voice heard in the media. It seeks to raise standards in the private-rented sector while aiming to ensure that landlords are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities. Based at its head office in Central London, the NLA currently employs over 40 full-time staff and has a network of more than 40 regional representatives and branches throughout the UK.

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