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From the 1st April 2018 all rental properties, with the exception of Listed Buildings, must have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or exisiting tenants. From the 1st April 2020 the regulations will include existing tenancies too. . The EPC shows two things; the energy efficiency rating (relating to running costs) and the environmental impact rating (relating to the carbon dioxide emissions) of a property. It is shown as coloured graphs similar to those found on domestic appliances. The rating is also accompanied by a recommendation report that shows how to improve the dwelling’s energy efficiency. Once an EPC is obtained, it is valid for 10 years for rented properties.
The EPC grades the property’s energy from A to G, with A being the highest rating. If you have a brand new property it’s likely to have a high rating, whereas an older property is likely to be around a D or E.
The EPC also gives energy-saving advice, including:
A qualified Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) has to be instructed before the property is marketed and the report has to be given to any potential applicant interested in the property. The EPC has to be obtained within seven days of the property being marketed.