Energy Performance Certificates
Energy Performance Certificates or EPCs, are a legal requirement for all property to rent. Landlords caught without following these regulations may be faced with a financial penalty.
Landlords with properties to rent out can order Energy Performance Certificates online for a flat rate of just £69.00 + vat each.
Energy Performance Certificates - FAQ's
- What do EPC's mean for Landlords?
- What do EPC's mean for Tenants?
- Who is required to have an EPC?
- How do I order an EPC online?
- How much will the EPC cost?
- How long will it take to receive the EPC?
Landlords are advised to mnake changes to the property to let based on the recommendations of the Energy Performance Certificates report. The report will include information for the Landlord such as:
- Suggested improvements (such as fitting loft insulation)
- The approximate cost of such improvements
- Possible cost savings per year if the improvements are made
- How this would change the carbon emission rating and energy efficiency of the property
Landlords can use this information to:
- Encourage Tenants to rent property based on potentially lower fuel costs
- Cut your own fuel costs or standing charges for vacant properties
- Improve energy efficiency in your house or flat to rent
- Help cut carbon emissions from your property
Landlords are not required to act on the recommendations suggested from the Energy Performance Certificate however, in order to promote the attractiveness of a property to let, a more energy efficient property should encourage price conscious tenants to make further enquiries.
All Landlords who rent property will be required to make the Energy Performance Certificates available to prospective tenants the first time you let a property after the 1st of October 2008. Energy Performance Certificates are only required for property which is self-contained, and will be valid for 10 years.
Energy Performance Certificates are not required when a tenant rents a room and shares facilities.
The energy efficiency of a property to let is measured by using the same calculations for all homes, houses and flats to rent. This allows Tenants to make an informed decision when they come to selecting a property to rent. A higher energy efficient property may be cheaper to run when calculating the cost of heating and fuel bills.
As a tenant, if you are interested in renting a property then an EPC must be made available to you free of charge by either the Landlord or the Letting Agent.
An EPC is only required for a rental property which is self-contained, and is valid for 10 years.
An EPC isn't required when you rent a room and share facilities.
The EPC is required by law when a building is constructed, sold or put up for rent.
EPC's only apply to England and Wales. Northern Ireland and Scotland are producing their own regulations.
If you have not done so already, register for a free Landlord account and place your order online for an EPC. You will receive an email after payment is made confirming your order. You will then be contacted within 48 hours by a Professional Energy Assessor to book a convenient time for them to visit the property to let.
As we are order hundreds of EPC's every month, we are able to offer our Private Landlords a discounted price of just £69 + vat. That includes everything! We accept payment methods such as debit card, credit card, and paypal.
Once the Energy Assessor has conducted their assessment of the property, you will receive an email to confirm the EPC has been processed and a notification that it is available to view through your Surf4aProperty.com account should be with you in a matter of a few days.
Order your Energy Performance Certificate Online