EPC

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) for Residential Lettings

Recently introduced legislation means that landlords must make an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available to prospective tenants as part of the lettings process.  The EPC, which is valid for 10 years, will rate the property’s energy performance and make recommendations about how to improve the energy efficiency of the property.

 

It is an offence to market a property without a valid certificate and in some instances can effect landlords ability to recover possession of the property if needed.   Hayfield Robinson can arrange an EPC to ensure you as landlord meet the regulations.  The cost of the EPC is £90 inc VAT however remember this is valid for 10 years!

Recent legislative changes mean that from April 2020 all properties let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST’s) – new lettings and existing – need to meet a minimum EPC rating of E or above. This applies to ALL LETTINGS. Landlords therefore need to ensure they have a valid, in date, certificate with an E rating or above. If the property falls short of an E rating works (up to a maximum of £3500) must be carried out to improve the rating. Financial penalties can be imposed for non compliance and landlords may also lose their ability to rely upon S21 of the housing act to regain possession of their property. In some limited circumstances financial assistance can be obtained to improve the energy performance of your property from a range of sources, including local authorities and energy companies. In some instances properties can meet the exemption criteria but this is quite rare.

If you have any queries regarding EPC’s or would like to arrange for an assessor to carry out a certificate then please contact us.