Any building which is rented out, must have an energy performance certificate (EPC). The EPC shows prospective tenants the energy and carbon efficiency of the building, with expected running costs. It also provides specific recommendations on how to improve efficiency and hence save money.
- EPC’s have been required for properties since 1st October 2008.
- EPC’s must be issued by a qualified and accredited assessor.
- EPC’s last for ten years.
- The building owner is responsible for the EPC and can be fined £200 if one is not provided, as well as the fine, the EPC must also be produced.
- Self-contained dwellings only require EPC’s not individual bedsits.
- Landlords must provide EPC’s free of charge to prospective tenants at the earliest opportunity.
- There is no obligation on landlords to carry out any of the recommendations proposed in the EPC.