Energy Performance Certificates

Important update for 2018. 

Landlords are you ready for the minimum EPC requirements from April this year?

From April 2018 all new tenancies and tenancies becoming periodic will require an EPC with a minimum E rating, of course this is very important and we shall be highlighting any properties that do not meet the requirements. 

There is an excellent article here and you should be aware of the serious implications, people with older and/or rural properties should be especially careful with these types of properties more likely to have a low rating.

You can check to see if you have an EPC here as well as seeing what the current EPC is.

Since the 1st of October 2008 any property advertised or available for rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate. We must be able to show a copy of this to any potential tenant and can be fined for not doing so. A copy of the EPC must also be given to the tenant at or before the commencement of any tenancy.

We have composed some more information below for you but in a nutshell:

You can arrange these yourself provided you use a qualified person but we can organise them for you and charge £70.00 with no V.A.T. as we have a local independent company who carry the checks out on our behalf. As usual he is a known and trusted contractor.

They will last ten years and you only need them when the house is available for rent again not if the house is occupied currently by a tenant.

Even if the rating comes back as poor you are not enforced to necessarily do anything however there are rumour that a minimums standard will soon be required.

                        EPC Chart

Further Information.

An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) gives a rating for your home in its present condition and also a rating for its potential if certain energy saving improvements are undertaken. The overall assessment is based on a sliding scale of A to F, A is the top level (most efficient) and G (least efficient). To simplify the rating scales a similar method to that used for home appliances (e.g. fridges, freezers etc.) was adopted.

There are many areas to consider when calculating the ratings for an EPC for every home, as each house is different.

The basic criteria for energy assessment include:

Building Construction Age of construction Number of windows and type Volumetric calculation of all floors Method of heating and controls used Levels of insulation (lofts and walls) Thermal properties of adjacent buildings Heat losses Fixed lighting efficiency Renewable energy sources e.g. solar panels, domestic wind turbines

The factors detailed above are noted, and, using computer software an overall rating can be obtained, together with recommendations for improvement where required.