What landlords need to know about EPC ratings
What is an EPC?
An EPC (energy performance certificate) is a four paged documents which highlights how energy efficient your property is. This is measured on a coloured system and is rated from G (not so energy efficient) to A (highly energy efficient)
It will provide a rough indication of how much it would cost to heat and power the property. It would also include recommendations on how to increase the energy efficiency within your property.
Before a property can be advertised, it is a legal requirement that there is an in date EPC carried out, or you could face a very hefty fine. These will last for a period of 10 years before it has to be renewed again. It will only need renewed if there is a changeover in tenancy in the property, or the property is being sold (if expired in this time).
Does my home have an existing EPC?
You can find this information out online, as there is an online EPC register which holds this information. This can be accessed by visiting https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk. The only information you need is the postcode of the property and it displays every EPC in that postcode.
Where do I get an EPC?
At Property Link we have our own EPC company who will carry this out for a fee of £75 + VAT (£90 total).
If a property has an EPC of 38 or less (F&G) you will not be able to rent the property out until the EPC has been improved.
How do I improve the energy efficiency of my rental?
- Convert oil heating to gas
- Solar water heating
- Solar panel installation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Water cylinder insulation
- Low energy lighting
- Heating controls (thermostat)
- Floor insulation