Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
As from the 1st October 2008 it is a legal requirement that all rented properties have an Energy Performance Certificate available for all prospective tenants to inspect at the point of marketing. This not only applies to all new properties being offered but also where an existing tenant renews their tenancy. The EPC shows graphically the energy efficiency of the property together with its carbon emissions.
As we are required to offer this at the time of marketing we will need new landlords to supply us with this certificate. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, we have our own in house domestic energy assessor who is able to carry out these inspections quickly and at a competitive rate. The certificate once issued has been deemed to have a life of 10 years so its not one that you have to think about too often.
From April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into effect. This means that all private rented sector homes must have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, or renting will be prohibited. Whilst the rule initially applies to new tenancies and renewals, eventually by April 2020, it will be extended to existing tenancies.