HOW OFTEN DO EPCS NEED TO BE RENEWED?Each certificate will last for 10 years unless major renovation work is carried out on the property. Property owners can voluntarily get a new certificate after installation of energy efficiency measures – particularly if these improve the energy rating.
If a newer EPC has been produced for a home within the ten year period, only the most recent one is valid.
WHAT DOES AN ENERGY INSPECTION INVOLVE?
Booking an Energy Inspection is like booking any other appointment; a convenient time will be arranged to visit the rental property.
During the assessment the assessor will inspect the property and collect information such as external and/or internal measurements, details about the construction, and the type of heating/hot water used in your property. In order to gather the information, the assessor will need to access all rooms, the boiler and the loft.
The assessment of a 3 bed property typically takes up to 60 minutes; larger or complex properties can take longer.
After the assessment, the assessor will send you the EPC and recommendation report. The recommendation report will contain recommendations of how the property’s energy efficiency can be improved. Each recommendation will be accompanied by the typical cost savings per year as well as what the performance rating could be after improvements are made.
DO I HAVE TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF MY PROPERTY?
If the recommendation report comes back with suggestions to improve the efficiency of your rental property, you are currently NOT legally obligated to act on any of the recommendations. However, from April 2018, landlords will need to make energy efficiency improvements if the report comes back with a report lower than a grade E.
As of April 2016, tenants are allowed to ask permission from their landlord to undertake energy efficiency improvements on their privately rented property. The idea is that it will help them reduce their running costs.
IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The top five recommendations given by assessors for improving energy efficiency have been:
Cavity wall insulation
Using low energy lighting
Using thermostatic valves on radiators
Double glazing windows
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES IF I DO NOT PROVIDE AN ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE (EPC)?
The provision of EPCs is enforced by the Trading Standards department of the local authority. If they receive a complaint that an EPC has not been provided they can impose a penalty charge on you of £200 for each breach. As also discussed, in the ‘Landlord requirements’ section above, landlords can face a penalty of up to £4,000 for not meeting the minimum rating of E.