Do I really need an EPC?! - YES!!!

Do I really need an EPC?! - YES!!!

We all need an EPC now!

Do I really need an EPC?! - YES!!!

DO I NEED AN EPC?

Since 1 October 2008, all rented property in the UK must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

An EPC is valid for 10 years and gives a property its overall efficiency rating, from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and contains information about a property’s energy usage and recommendations about how to reduce energy waste.

The information is beneficial because it gives tenants an idea of how much the utilities are likely to cost in their property and describes the savings that could be made if certain aspects of the property were improved.

MINIMUM EPC STANDARDS

On 1 April 2018, the law changed in England and Wales which means all landlords are legally required to ensure their rental properties reach a minimum EPC rating of E for all new tenancies, in order to meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). From April 2020, this will be compulsory for all tenancies, new and existing.

Further information can be found on our site HERE http://www.maherross.com/landlords-news/83-1

WHO CHECKS?

In theory, Trading Standards should check. The real test though is that without an EPC, you will be unable to serve Notice on your tenant, unless your tenant has consistently refused access to the EPC assessor.

HOW MUCH IS AN EPC?

Maher Ross charge £80 (including VAT) for an EPC - valid for 10 years.

MAHER ROSS POLICY

We very strongly advise that our landlords instruct us to keep the EPC’s for their properties up to date - this is the Maher Ross ‘default’ approach.

Please contact Graham if you need any further information.