It was introduced in April of 2020 that property landlords were required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in order to be able to let out their property. As part of this requirement, it is necessary for the property to have an energy efficiency rating of at least an E (A being the best rating). 

What Is In An EPC?

These certificates typically contain information pertaining to how the property uses energy and what the cost of this is. In addition to this, it also includes recommendations on how the property can be made more efficient and so bring down the cost of the bills – potentially increasing the amount of money that you can charge a tenant for renting the property out.

Based on what is found during the assessment of the property, it is awarded a rating based on how efficient that it is that ranges from A – G, A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient. An EPC is valid for a ten year period, so it is not something that landlords have to think about very often. 

Getting An EPC

A property assessment and production of an EPC cannot be done by just anyone. It actually has to be done by a qualified assessor. For those landlords who are looking for and want to find one in their local area, take a look at the official EPC register.

For more information about getting an EPC for the property / properties that you own, visit the Utility Bidder website.

When Is An EPC Required?

There are a number of different properties that require an EPC in order to be sold or let out to rent. These include individual houses or dwellings, flats that are self contained, room lets or bed sits with shared communal areas, shared houses or flats, rooms in a hostel or halls of residence, and accommodation that is a mixture of both self contained and none self contained.

The Rights Of The Tenant

Since April of 2016, a tenant has been able to request from a landlord, a copy of the EPC for the property that they are renting. Landlords are not able to refuse this request; not unless they have a reasonable excuse for not doing so that is. 

Where a tenant requests that work be done to the property that they are renting in order to improve its energy rating, then the costs for doing this falls on them. The landlord is not required to pay for this work, not unless they want the work doing themselves anyway or want to contribute to their tenant’s cost.

What Happens If You Do Not Comply?

Any landlord who does not comply with the requirement of having an EPC when they come to sell or rent their property out, then they are liable for being subject to a £5,000 – so it is very important to have one of these in place; especially given the fact that they only cost somewhere between £40 and £100.