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Requirements

From 1st October 2008 all rental properties with a new tenancy will be required to have an EPC.

The Landlord is responsible for providing the EPC

There is no need to obtain an EPC for an existing tenancy or when that tenancy is renewed and if a valid Energy Performance Certificate still exists when changing tenants no new certificate is required

An EPC remains valid for 10 years unless a material change takes place for example extensions, double glazing, heating system change, changes to loft and cavity wall insulation.

A valid EPC and recommendation report is required when a property is being marketed and must be made available free of charge by the landlord/agent to a prospective tenant at the earliest opportunity. As a minimum, this should be when applicants are first given written information about a property or are arranging to view it, and before a rental contract is entered into.

Made ‘available’ means that the document must be made available for inspection, it is not necessary to provide a copy at this stage; an electronic copy is acceptable as long as the applicant consents.

A copy must be given to the person who ultimately becomes the tenant before any rental contract is entered into.

Penalties

The Landlord is responsible to provide the EPC. If any new let after 1st October does not have an EPC then the Landlord will be subject to a £200 fine. This is enforced by trading standards.

Wpm can provide Energy Performance Certificates swiftly, efficiently and at minimal cost to landlords. Prices are from an extremely competitive £65.00 plus VAT regardless of the size of your property.

To book an EPC or for further advice on energy efficiency please Contact us 01189 759 322.