Landlords still oblivious to EPC requirement

by Daniel Jones

Over half of landlords are still unaware of the legal requirement to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) from October 1st.

After this date anyone letting a property will have to obtain an EPC - which will give details of the property's energy efficiency and environmental impact - to give to those considering entering into a tenancy agreement.

EPCs are already required by law for residential sales, but research from Paragon Mortgages shows that 55 per cent of landlords are unaware they will soon extend to lettings.

They could risk incurring unnecessary fines if they fail to comply and may also be prevented from marketing their property to prospective tenants, which could result in void periods.

John Heron, managing director of Paragon Mortgages, said: "Landlords need to ensure they are ready for October 1st. Burying your head in the sand is not an option."

An EPC is just one of the legal papers a landlord is required to provide to tenants and anyone letting a property should learn more about them and other types of documentation such as tenancy agreements.

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Published on: July 15, 2008

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