As a landlord of a property rented on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) you are legally required to provide your tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
This certificate will show the energy efficiency of your property, as well as its environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions. It's useful for your prospective tenants to have an idea of heating costs and forms part of a general government push to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's housing stock.
EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate and it's a document that shows exactly how energy efficient your property is. Your property will be rated between A and G.
Yes. An EPC is a legal requirement. The certificates vary somewhat depending on whether or not the property is shared or operated as an HMO, but if you are renting a residential property, assume you need an EPC by law.
There is a fixed penalty of £200 per dwelling if you fail to have an EPC in place or make one available when required to do so.
Look at ways of making your property more energy efficient. Loft insulation and double glazing are good places to start. As of April 2018, landlords who rent their property out to new tenants will be required to ensure that it has an EPC rating of E or higher. You can find out more about the legal changes to the EPC requirements from April here.
Your EPC should be valid for 10 years.