Energy Performance Certificates for Dwellings in the Social and Private Rented Sectors (EPC).
Article 7 of The European Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings (EPDB) will come into effect on the 1st October 2008.
Article 7 States:
“Under Article 7 of the Directive, any building which is sold, rented out or constructed must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This must be issued by a qualified and accredited assessor in an independent manor. Once produced an EPC is valid for ten years. The certificate is accompanied by recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency. These do not however have to be implemented. This part of the Directive has been implemented into law in England and Wales by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (2007/991)”
An EPC is not required for any property that was occupied prior to 1st October 2008 and which continues to be occupied after that date by the same tenant.
Having spoken to several EPC accredited assessors, the cost of an EPC ranges from £50.00 to £85.00. Should you wish we will arrange the EPC on your behalf when it is required and ensure that you get the best possible price at that time. We Curently charge our landlords just £40 for the EPC which lasts 10 years.
Further information regarding an EPC can be found at www.direct.gov.uk.
- From 1st October 2008, an EPC will be required whenever a building in the social or private rented sectors is let to a new tenant.
- It will not be possible to rent or advertise for rent any dwelling that does not have an EPC after the 1st October 2008 as an EPC must be available free of charge to any prospective tenant before they have committed to the property or have viewed the property.
- A building can be; the whole of a building where the part is designed or altered to be used separately. For residential purposes, ‘designed or altered to be used separately’ describes a unit that is self-contained, meaning that it does not share essential facilities such as a bathroom/shower room, wc or kitchen with any other unit, and that it has its own entrance, either from outside or through common parts, that is not through another dwelling.
- Landlords must provide an EPC free of charge to prospective tenants at the earliest opportunity and must provide a copy of the EPC to the person who takes up the tenancy.
- The purpose of the EPC is to show prospective tenants the energy performance of the dwelling they are considering renting.
- EPCs are valid for 10 years and can be reused as many times as required within that period. It is not necessary to commission a new EPC each time there is a change of tenant. However, once amore recent EPC has been produced for a dwelling, it will supersede an existing one. Thus, where a number of EPCs are obtained for a property within the ten year period only the most recent one is valid.
- An EPC is not required for any property that was occupied prior to 1st October 2008 and which continues to be occupied after that date by the same tenant. However, landlords may commission EPCs if they wish.
- The EPC shows two things – the Energy Efficiency Rating (relating to running costs) and the Environment Impact Rating (relating to carbon dioxide emissions) of a dwelling. Each Rating is shown on an A-G rating scale similar to those used for fridges and other electrical appliances.
- The rating is accompanied by a recommendation report that shows how to improve the dwellings energy efficiency. These two elements together form the EPC and the complete document must be provided to the new tenant. There is no statutory requirement to carry out the recommended energy efficiency measures stated in the recommendation report.
- EPCs must be produced by an accredited assessor.