Landlords and Letting Agents
From 1st October 2008 property sellers and landlords will be required by law to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for all properties sold or rented. The landlord EPC gives prospective buyers or tenants information on the energy efficiency of a building. The EPC wil be a mandatory document that you need to have BEFORE you can rent out property. However the good news is that at present the certificates are set to last 10 years.
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ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES: A guide for landlords & agents
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
If you are offering any accommodation for sale or let (this includes sub-letting) you will need an Energy Performance Certificate. An Energy Performance Certificateshould be provided to a prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity and no later than when a viewing is conducted or when information is provided about the building or in any event before entering into a contract to sell or let. As a seller or landlord you are responsible for ensuring that the property has an EPC, even if an agent is acting on your behalf.
HOW LONG ARE EPCs VALID FOR?
At present an EPC for rental property is valid for 10 years, or until a newer Energy Performance Certificate is prepared. During this period the EPC may be made available to buyers or new tenants.
DOES MY BUILDING REQUIRES AN ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE?
If you have a building (with a roof and walls) that uses energy to condition the indoor climate (i.e. has heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation) then you will require an Energy Performance Certificate when it is sold or let. Parts of a building designed or altered to be used as separate accommodation may require their own EPC. Any separate residential accommodation that is self-contained will require its own Energy Performance Certificate
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT HAVE AN ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE?
The penalty for failing to make an Energy Performance Certificate available to any prospective buyer or tenant when selling or letting non-dwellings is 12.5% of the rateable value of the building, subject to a minimum penalty of £500 and a maximum of £5,000. The EPC will still be required. The penalties for residential dwellings are expected to be £200 per non compliance; however this may be adjusted up or down closer to implementation.
ARE THERE ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE I DON’T NEED AN EPC?
Energy Performance Certificates are not required before the construction of a building is completed. Nor are they required on the sale, rent or construction of:
• Places of worship;
• Temporary buildings with a planned time of use less than 2 years;
• Stand alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2 that are not dwellings;
• Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand
A helping hand from West Yorkshire Energy Assessments
As we mentioned earlier there are many changes ahead with a lot to consider, but choosing a reliable and professional supplier for your rental Energy Performance Certificates shouldn't be one of them. We are committed to helping our partners through this period of change, allowing a better understanding of the changes and their implications whilst minimising the distruption to your landlords / tenants.
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