If you are renting your property for the first time in the UK, then obtain the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which is mandated as per law.
This property energy efficiency rating is a legal requirement for letting a property and must be renewed every 10 years. Your lettings agent is also legally obliged to display the EPC rating when marketing your property to potential clients, including tenants.
The EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs. In addition, the EPC also incorporates recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for a period of 10 years.
The EPC can be obtained through an accredited assessor, who will assess the property and help you secure the certificate from the authorities concerned. It is important to note that a property owner will be penalised if the EPC is not obtained in time.
Though exemptions are given to specific categories of properties, such as, residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year or holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy, it is advisable to obtain an EPC.
You can be fined if you don’t get an EPC when you need one. The person selling the house, the landlord or the letting agent must show you the EPC if you’re buying or renting.