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The importance of an EPC for BTL landlords

August 4th 2017
By: Melanie
The importance of an EPC for BTL landlords

If you are a BTL investor you will be probably be aware that need to provide an EPC, Energy Performance Certificate when you rent out a property. An EPC will contains vital information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs as well as recommendations on how to reduce energy. This information can then be used by a potential tenant when considering whether to or not to rent a property. An EPC must be provided before renting out a property, failure to do this could result in a fine.

However a recent survey conducted by the National Landlords Association(1) found that energy efficiency of a rental property is not high up on the list of priorities for tenants. Which is a shame as according to the Government’s website in 2009 around 43% of all of the UK carbon emissions come from buildings.(2)

David Salusbury, Chairman, National Landlords Association, commented: 

“EPCs give tenants vital information about the energy efficiency of their property and also contain an estimate of their utility bills.

“They also help landlords make informed decisions about how to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties by recommending improvements.”

“Landlords have clearly been doing their bit, with 54% recently stating they’d made energy efficiency improvements to their properties in the past 12 months.”3

If you are a BTL investor or would like to find out more about attaining an EPC or if you would like to know how you can make your rental more energy efficient then please contact your local branch of Intercounty.