From today, 1st October, landlords are legally required to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for properties that are marketed to new or prospective tenants or re-let to existing tenants…
The firm's Managing Director, John Hards, warns that failure to do so may result in properties standing empty at a time when the local market is in demand and full of potential tenants.
The certificates assess the energy efficiency rating of a property by awarding an energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from A to G.
EPCs also include recommendations for improving a home's energy efficiency and reducing fuel costs. They are valid for ten years for lettings and cost around £75 to £80.
Landlords who have tenants in place and are therefore not breaking the law if their properties are without EPCs are also advised to act now to minimise the risk of void periods.
The only way to be in a position to act quickly when one tenancy ends is to have the EPC already in place.