The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a guide to tenants or potential buyers of a property to its energy efficiency. The rating is dependant on factors such as date of construction, location, and fittings such as heating systems, insulation and double-glazing.
As of April 2018 landlords of privately rented property in England and Wales are required to ensure that their property must reach a rating of E. If the property falls below this rating, maintenance must be carried out on the property to bring it to the minimum energy efficiency standard.
Should a landlord fail to provide an EPC, or make one available upon request, they will be charged a fixed penalty of £200. As of April 2020, if any person is found to be in breach of the energy efficient regulations they will face a civil penalty of up to £4,000.
Only assessors who are members of an accreditation scheme can carry out EPC checks.
Landlords should now be reviewing their EPCs on their properties to consider required maintenance to their property to ensure they can continue to let them.
It is essential for a landlord who is looking to sell or rent their property to fully understand their responsibilities regarding EPC ratings. If you do not understand EPC ratings you can talk to an industry professional at Pad by calling 0161 839 9654.
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