ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES
Since the 1st October 2008 an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has been required on any rented property in England and Wales.
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. Additionally, since 1st October 2015 a landlord cannot serve a valid section 21 notice to end an AST unless they have provided a valid EPC to the tenants prior to the start of their tenancy.
Since the 1st April 2018 there has been a requirement for any property rented out to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an EPC. It is illegal 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.
From 1st April 2020 the Minimum Energy Efficiency requirement will apply to continuing tenancies where there is a valid current EPC for the property, and an EPC is legally required to be in place. The property must therefore be brought up to the minimum E rating before 1st April 2020 to comply with the Regulations, unless there is an applicable exemption.
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.
Trueman Estates will be pleased to arrange for the production of an EPC from a suitably qualified domestic energy assessor. 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.