Since 1st October 2008 all buildings, whether residential, commercial or industrial, are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for every occasion they are bought, sold or RENTED.
It is illegal to advertise a property to rent unless it has a valid EPC which must include cost effective recommendations to improve the energy performance of the property. The fine for non-compliance is £200.
An EPC is valid for ten years and can be renewed at any time should the landlord have carried out any work to improve the efficiency of the property, although the landlord is not required to carry out any of the works suggested as a means of improving the property.
From 1st October 2015 for new tenancies starting on or after that date landlords will now have to provide the EPC to tenants before they can rely on a section 21 notice.
As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an EPC. The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption. A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.
Trueman Estates will be pleased to arrange for the production of an EPC from a suitably qualified domestic energy assessor for £60.00 +VAT.
Should a client not wish Trueman Estates to produce an EPC but instead arrange for the production of their own, Trueman Estates will need to be in possession of an EPC prior to marketing any property.