This guidance describes what Energy Performance Certificates are and why you need one. It also explains energy efficiency standards for private rented properties.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates the energy efficiency of your property. It also shows the environmental impact of it. The scale goes from A to G (where A is the most efficient and G the least efficient).
The certificate shows:
- the property's current running costs for heating, hot water and lighting
- a list of recommended energy saving improvements
Why you need an EPC
Private rented residential accommodation must have an EPC.
Shared houses where tenants have separate tenancy agreements do not need an EPC.
The law says you must have a valid EPC when marketing a property for letting. The EPC is valid for ten years, you do not need a new one for each new tenancy. If energy efficiency improvements have taken place, it is good practice to renew the EPC
Why your tenant needs an EPC
With high fuel prices, it is even more important for tenants to know the EPC rating before moving into a new home.
More energy efficient properties are warmer and can promote tenants’ health and wellbeing. They are cheaper to run which can promote longer tenancies and also reduce rent arrears. This situation creates a more stable rental income for the landlord.
How to get an EPC
To check if your property has a valid EPC, you can use the postcode search facility on the GOV.UK website.