Energy efficiency certificate changes for landlords

LANDLORDS are being reminded about changes to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) which will affect rental properties in the UK.

An EPC gives information on the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a property, and is mandatory for all private-rented sector homes.

From April 6, 2012, landlords and letting agents will have just seven days to produce an EPC after they’ve started marketing the property for new tenants, rather than the previous 28-day period.

The full EPC report must also be provided to prospective tenants, rather than just the graph showing energy efficiency.

David Salusbury, chairman, National Landlords Association, said: “EPCs give tenants vital information about the energy efficiency of their property and also contain an estimate of their utility bills.

“They also help landlords make informed decisions about how to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties by recommending improvements.”

“Landlords have clearly been doing their bit, with 54 per cent recently stating they’d made energy efficiency improvements to their properties in the past 12 months.”