Your property's energy efficiency
Since 2008 all landlords must have a valid EPC for their property available for any applicant or tenant viewing a property.
The certificate is valid for 10 years. It scores a property on energy efficiency from 'A' (most efficient) to 'G' (least efficient). It outlines ideas to improve performance. An EPC can only be carried out by a certified Domestic Energy Assessor. It will also show a building's environmental impact by indicating its carbon dioxide emissions.
EPCs provide recommendations for reducing the amount of energy your tenants will use and lists:
You don't have to act on the recommendations in the report, however if you decide to do so, it could make your property more attractive to tenants by being more energy efficient.
The Energy Act 2011 includes provisions to ensure that from April 2018 it will be unlawful to rent out a residential property that does not reach a minimum energy efficiency standard. Currently this is an 'E' rating so 'F' and 'G' rated properties will be illegal by 2018.
If you want to improve your property's energy efficiency (eg. loft insulation, double glazing, LED lights, cavity wall insulation, draft proofing) then our building division Bricks and Mortar can carry out the work. Call them on 01865 302350.