It is now a legal obligation to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for all rental properties, whether you own a singular property or an entire buy to let portfolio. Each property needs a valid EPC which must be made available to prospective tenants upon viewing the property.
Crucible offers an energy assessor service, providing EPCs in a timely and cost efficient manner.
Currently, building emissions in the UK account for approximately 40% of the UK’s entire energy consumption and carbon production. By introducing Energy Performance Certificates, we are able to see how energy effective individual properties are, and then take relevant steps to reduce these emissions. An EPC tells you how energy efficient a property is on a scale from A to G. An EPC will also provide recommendations on how to make the home more energy efficient.
You will also need a valid EPC in place when you decide to sell a property.
Even if you are not actively in the process of letting or selling property, it is still considered good practice to obtain an EPC. An EPC will provide valuable information and will help you take action to minimise outgoings and maximise energy efficiency.
Gas Safety Certificates
All Landlords have a common law duty to ensure that gas installations and appliances supplied with their properties are safe. Tenants also have certain legal obligations when it comes to gas safety.
In the case of residential properties, landlords (or their agents) have a statutory duty to arrange annual Gas Safety Checks by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.
A copy of the Gas Safety Certificate must be given to the tenant on entry and within 28 days of the annual check. A copy must also be retained by the landlord for 2 years.