From the 1st October 2008, all domestic landlords offering property for rent will be required to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) prior to marketing the property.
Where the tenant is in place before the 1st of October and remains in residence, no EPC will be needed. If the rental agreement is renewed, again no EPC will be required. The requirement only kicks in when there is a new tenant. Landlords are then legally required to produce an EPC to show free of charge to all prospective tenants. The tenant who moves in must be given a copy of the EPC before the rental agreement is signed.
Where the landlord employs an agent, the agent can make arrangements for the EPC, but the responsibility for any breaches lies with the Landlord. Domestic EPC non-compliance will result in a fine of £200.
BR Gas Services can arrange your EPC certificate along with your gas Safety and PAT testing all in the one visit.
Energy Performance Certificates
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2008
From 1 October 2008 landlords are required to provide an Energy Performance Certificate when they rent out a home.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives information on the energy efficiency of a property you want to let.
What does this mean in practice?
You need to provide an EPC whenever a home* in the social or private rented sector is let to a new tenant.
You must make the EPC available free of charge to prospective tenants at the earliest opportunity. This should be when they are first given written information about the property or view it, and before any rental contract is entered into. EPCs are valid for 10 years and can be reused as many times as required within that period. It is not necessary to commission a new EPC each time there is a change of tenant although landlords may commission EPCs for these properties at any time to prepare for a change in tenant. If a newer EPC has been produced for a home within the ten year period, only the most recent one is valid. The EPC provides prospective tenants with information about how energy efficient a property is that they are considering renting.
An EPC is not required for any property that was occupied before 1 October 2008 and which continues to be occupied after that date by the same tenant.