The Government is introducing a number of energy and cost savings measures to make all buildings more energy efficient. The measures are being applied across all European Union countries and are in line with the European Directive for the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD).
From the 1st October 2008 the EU Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) mandates that a landlord must provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for new tenants. The EPBD states that the relevant person (landlord) shall provide a valid EPC to any prospective buyer or tenant and provide an EPC in any event entering into a contract to sell or rent out the building.
If you are renting out your property (buy-to-lets), you will need to provide a certificate to any prospective tenant. The EPC, once obtained, is valid for 10yrs.
What does this mean for the Landlord and the Tenant?
From 1st April 2020 all rental properties require an E rating or better
The EPC provides information about improvements that may help reduce the running costs of the property.
- The energy rating can help rent out a property by indicating to prospective buyer/tenant how energy efficient the property is.
- The prospective tenant can view the likely energy costs per year, of running a property that is being considered for rent.
New funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements can now be found when using the URL provided when viewing the EPC on the gov.uk website.
* We offer attractive rates to continued business clients and landlords requiring EPCs on multiple properties. Please use the ‘contact us’ form or call EPC Westcountry on 07896 083 206 to discuss how we can offer you great savings on your EPCs.
* From the 30th June 2011 Holiday Accomodation require an EPC for properties let for more than 4 months in any 12 month period.