Energy Performance Certificates, aka EPC reports, have been required by law since 2008 in England and Wales, and 2009 in Scotland. However, it’s more than just a legal document, it is an essential part of a landlord’s energy efficient responsibility.
Whenever a property is built, sold or rented, an EPC is required to demonstrate the measure of quality of a property and is a big selling point for tenants. It provides information on how much energy the property uses, including its heating, lighting, gas, and carbon dioxide emissions.
The ratings range from Grade A to Grade G, A being the most efficient and G being the least, so potential tenants can clearly see the energy efficiency of a property. From 1st April 2020, all existing tenancies must have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an EPC report.
In addition to the detailed analysis of the property’s energy efficiency, the EPC reports also provide suggestions and estimated costs on how best to improve it. It helps you gain a better idea of the current cost of utilities and where you could save money, whether it be installing double glazing or more insulation.
Energy Performance Certificates for Landlords
As soon as you begin marketing a property for rent, it is your landlord obligation to make your EPC report available for potential tenants. This gives them all of the essential information to make an informed decision about renting your property.
You should also ensure that the EPC is clearly displayed in your property. This could be placing it in the meter cupboard or where the boiler is stored. Also, to keep your landlord life super organised, file away a copy of the EPC with the rest of your property’s legal papers, so you know exactly where to retrieve it if needs be.
Energy Performance Certificates FAQs
EPCs cost between £60 and £120, so it’s worth getting several quotes before getting an assessor to carry out a survey.
Failing to provide an EPC when required can result in a £200 fine per dwelling. If you breach or violate the rules set out by your energy performance certificate, accidentally or otherwise, you could face fines of up to £5000.
An EPC is valid for 10 years after an energy survey is carried out on a property. It can be used multiple times during this period and can be updated to reflect improvements made to the building to help improve energy efficiency.
Make sure you get an approved Domestic Energy Assessor to update the property’s energy use and performance. Once it’s expired, you’ll need to apply for a new EPC for the next 10 years if you want to continue renting your property out.
An EPC is required if the building has a roof and walls and uses energy to ‘condition’ the indoor climate. However, the ‘conditioned’ rule does not make all buildings without heating exempt from the regulations.
The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations set a minimum rating for domestic private rented property. Namely, let on specific types of tenancy agreement and domestic private rented property legally required to have an EPC.
Is your property let on one of the following types of domestic tenancies?
– an assured tenancy?
– a regulated tenancy?
– a domestic agricultural tenancy?
Is your property legally required to have an EPC?
– If the property you let has been marketed for sale or let, or modified, in the past 10 years then it will probably be legally required to have an EPC.
If you answered Yes to both these questions, and your property has an EPC rating of F or G, you must take appropriate steps to comply with the requirements of the MEES Regulations.
*(This information is courtesy of www.gov.co.uk and is based on domestic private rented properties).
The EPC register is the government’s online database of every EPC the length and breadth of the country. If you’re based in England or Wales, all you have to do to retrieve your property’s energy performance certificate is enter your postcode into the Landmark Register. For landlords in Scotland and Ireland, head to the Scottish EPC Register and the Northern Ireland Domestic EPC Register respectively.
You can also use a report reference number (RRN), which is the 24-digit number printed on the report or provided by the energy assessor who produced it, to find an EPC using the tools mentioned above. Once an EPC is produced, it becomes accessible to the public. This means that anyone can view your EPC by using a property’s postcode or RNN, unless it has an EPC produced for a building which is following the Government’s Green Deal plan.
– Places of worship;
– Temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years;
– Stand-alone buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50 square meters;
– Industrial sites and workshops;
– Non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy;
– Some buildings that are due to be demolished;
– Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a license to occupy;
– Listed buildings;
– Residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year.
Why Choose Us?
At Pinpoint Homes, we are able to provide your property with an EPC report quickly and easily, so you don’t have to worry! We understand the extent of landlord responsibilities, so our aim is to offer hassle-free services to make your life easier.
We have been delivering Energy Performance Certificates for commercial and residential landlords around Enfield and London for many years, so we know what our clients are looking for. By giving you the option of a package deal, you can couple our EPC reports with our Floor Plan services, or marketing photography, or both!
This way, you can have peace of mind that these aspects of your property listing are being handled by professionals. We want every client to have a stress-free experience, as well as a cost-effective one, so contact us today to find out how we can help you.
Contact us on 020 3372 4612 or complete the contact form directly below for more information.
NOTE: None of the above is legal advice. Seek a qualified professional legal advisor for legal advice.