Every landlord in England and Wales must now provide their tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or face a fine.
The certificate, which details the energy efficiency of a property on a scale from A to G, came into force on October 1st.
It is designed to help tenants find out the impact a house may have on the environment, with more energy efficient homes likely to have cheaper bills.
Any landlord who refuses or fails to provide an EPC will face a £200 repeatable fine, although there is no obligation for landlords to act on the information providing in the certificate.
EPCs were originally introduced in 2007 and over one million certificates have already been issued, with the average rating being a D.
Recent government research showed that 77 per cent of renters thought their landlords did not care about energy efficiency.
A further 27 per cent said they regretted not finding out about the level of household bills before entering into their tenancy agreements.
Published on: October 3, 2008