Performance Certificates in Let Property - Fact File
the 1st October 2008 all rental properties in England and
Wales with a new tenancy will be required by law to have an
Energy Performance Certificate - EPC.
Energy Performance Certificates tell you how energy efficient
a home is on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes - which
should have the lowest fuel bills - are in band A. The Certificate
also tells you, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home
has on the environment. Better-rated homes should have less
impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The average
property in the UK is in bands D-E for both ratings. The Certificate
includes recommendations on ways to improve the home's energy
efficiency to save you money and help the environment.
landlord (or landlord's
agent) will be required to show the EPC to prospective tenants.The
tenant will be able to see at a glance how enery efficient
and environmentally friendly a particular rental property
will have to be provided when any written information about
the property is provided or a viewing undertaken. If neither
of these occur it must be supplied before entering into a
contract to let.
certificates will be valid for 10 years. If a property has
recently been purchased, it is likely to have an Energy Performance
Certificate as this has formed part of the HIP (Home Information
Pack) in England and Wales.There will be no need to get EPCs
for current tenancies or renewals to the same tenants. A tenant
cannot 'legally' move in to the property until an Energy Performance
Certificate has been produced.
do you obtain an Energy Performance Certificate?
Domestic Enerergy Assessor (DEA) will have to be found.This
can be via a letting agent, local paper, web or via one of
the Landords Associations :-
- National Landlords Association - More
are ranging between £60 and £120.
on making energy ratings as high as possible
a boiler is over 15 years old consider replacing it. Consider
a combi boiler that does not store hot water in a tank.
installing double glazing
you are purchasing new appliances (washing machines etc)
look for the Energy Saving Recommended logos.
your hot water tank does not have a jacket get one or replace
the tank with a built on jackrt insulation.
sure the loft is well insulated
cavity wall insulation
for non compliance
is the responsibility of local authorities, through their
Trading Standards Officers, to ensure that EPCs are in place
and they will be the body that brings any proceedings for
breach. On 8th February 2008 the Department for Communities
and Local Government warned landlords that the Government
is considering a 'fixed penalty charge' notice, which could
be as much as £200 per dwelling, per day, for any landlord
who fails to provide an up to date EPC to tenants
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example of Page 1 of an Energy Performance certificate in
an English rental prioperty
tenants who rent a property on or after 4 January 2009 must
be provided with EPC (ie new tenancies) .An individual EPC
will only be valid for a period of ten years. If major works
were to be undertaken during this period, building owners
may choose to update the certificate, however, this is not
for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for all new buildings
was introduced in Scotland on 1 May 2007. For existing buildings,
an EPC will be required when the property is sold or rented
out to new tenants. Once in place an EPC is valid for 10 years.
timetable for introduction is as follows:
- dwellings - 1 December 2008
- all other buildings- 4 January 2009
Properties - 4 January 2009
can Produce an EPC?
In Scotland, there is no specified qualification for energy
assessors.The Scottish Government has entered into protocol
with professional organisations/institutions whose members
already have an understanding of the building/energy sectors.
Only members of protocol organisations may produce EPCs for
existing buildings. The Scottish Building Standards (SBS)
has entered into protocols with The Chartered Institution
of Building Services Engineers, Scotland (CIBSE Scotland),
The Association of Building Engineers (ABE), The Energy Institute
(EI), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS),
The Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association (HVCA),
Building Research Establishment (BRE), National Energy Services
(NES) and Elmhurst to deliver services in relation to Energy
of Certificate:Two certificates have been produced, one
for dwellings and one for all other buildings (this includes
‘Public Buildings’). The certificates can be accessed here:
information at http://www.sbsa.gov.uk/epc.htm
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government not delivering for landlords - 19 Nov 2008
Scotland has accused the Scottish Government of failing landlords
on the forthcoming introduction of Energy Performance Certificate
less than two months until the introduction of EPCs for Scottish
rental properties, the Government is failing to meet its duty
to ensure that all landlords are aware of the new regulations.
Scotland is concerned that without a concerted effort to promote
EPCs, there will be widespread confusion among landlords and
tenants about what is required under the new rules. From 4
January 2009, landlords who do not make an EPC available to
tenants at the start of a new tenancy could be hit with a
fine of £5,000 and will have committed a criminal offence.
introduction of EPCs for the Scottish private-rented sector
means that prospective tenants must be given details of the
energy efficiency and environmental impact of the property.
NLA Scotland, which provides certificates through NLA EPCs,
is calling on the Scottish Government to promote the new EPC
rules as soon as possible.
Parker, Chairman, NLA Scotland, said: "It is disappointing
to see Scottish Government failing in its duty to keep landlords
informed. The promotion of EPCs seems to have been left to
the commercial providers and a significant number of landlords
will be blissfully unaware of the risks of not complying with
the new rules.
landlords starting new tenancies will need to get an EPC or
face severe penalties. If the Government does not act soon
to promote the legislation, thousands of landlords could find
themselves unknowingly breaking the law and fined to the tune
more information about NLA EPCs, go to www.scottishlandlords.org.
NLA - National Landlords Association
- National Landlords Association - More
Performance Certificates will be required for all property
sales and rentals by the end of December 2008. Homes and commercial
- when sold, built or rented will need an energy performance
certificate (EPC). Public buildings will also need to display
a display energy performance certificate (DEC). This initiative
is the result of European legislation - the Energy Performance
of Buildings Directive - which all member states must adopt.
Department of Finance and Personnel is introducing measures
in Northern Ireland to improve the energy efficiency of our
energy performance certificates for properties providing
A-G efficiency ratings and recommendations for improvement
public buildings to display energy certificates
inspections for air conditioning systems and
advice and guidance for boiler users
de Performance Energétique - DPE (Energy Performance Survey)
From the 1st July 2007, these are mandatory for all sales.
This survey is provided purely for information purposes (like
and Wales, Scotland,
Ireland and The
Republic of Ireland) and covers levels of energy consumption
and greenhouse gas emissions. Properties are rated from A
to G (A represents optimal performance) and the survey is
valid for 10 years. It also includes recommendations for improving
energy consumption Article L134.L of the Building and Housing
Code. If you are letting out your property remember
The DPE - Diagnostic de Performance Énergétique should accompany
any new or renewed lease agreement for a lease period of longer
than four months. It is the responsibility of the property
owner to have a building examined and to make any obligatory
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