Landlords are being urged to remember new changes affecting Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which come into effect on 6th April this year.
Energy Performance Certificate
EPCs are required to provide information on how energy efficient and environmentally friendly a property is. The provision of this certificate is a mandatory requirement for all private rented sector homes.
From 6th April 2012, This is a change from the previous 28 day period.
A full EPC must be provided to potential tenants in its entirety.
Chairman of the National Landlords Association, David Salusbury, underlined the importance of the certificates. Salusbury said: “EPC’s 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 improvements to 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.”
Nigel Hoath from the National Landlords Association said that it was now very important to keep organised information. Hoath said: “These changes mean that it is even more important for landlords to have a fast and efficient supplier of EPCs. An effective EPC assessment will give a landlord a comprehensive report of the property’s energy consumption which complies with these new government regulations.”