EPC’s (Energy Performance Certificates) were introduced in 2008, so that sellers could deliver accurate information on the energy efficiency of their properties. It has been part of the Government’s drive to raise awareness on the amount of Carbon dioxide we omit from our homes.
Landlords must also provide EPC’s to prospective tenants, to allow them to evaluate the amount of fuel they will use in their rental property.
An EPC also supplies valuable information on energy consumption to buyers and tenants, when considering buying or renting a new home.
Since April this year, Estate Agents have taken more responsibility for ensuring that EPC’s are carried out on both private and commercial properties when marketing them. Those people who carry out the EPC’s will also have needed to be re-accredited with the new qualification before they can produce the new EPC certificates.
An EPC must now be commissioned and secured within seven days of a property being marketed for sale or rental by the agent, with a further 21 if the EPC is proving hard to secure, and the first page of the EPC must now be attached to the property particulars.
As from 2016 it will be a legal requirement for a landlord to carry out the recommendations within the EPC, if the tenant demands it.
As from 2018 it will be against the law to sell or to try to rent out a property which has not reached the energy rating of E or above.
If you are a potential landlord or landlord and are concerned about the impact of future EPC changes why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty.