Under the new legislation, landlords without an EPC cannot market their property to prospective tenants. Leaders, the letting specialist, has urged all landlords to understand what is required so they are not delayed in the marketing or letting of their property - which could result in a costly void period.
From October 1 2012, private landlords offering a property for rent will be required to show prospective tenants an EPC which will detail its energy efficiency rating. The EPC must be given when any written information about the property is provided or when a viewing is conducted. In addition, it must always be handed to the actual tenant at the commencement of the tenancy. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A–G. The certificate also offers recommendations on how to make a property more energy efficient.