Scottish landlords not aware of need for EPCs

by Daniel Jones

The National Landlord Association (NLA) of Scotland has raised concerns that the government may not be taking enough steps to ensure that those with a tenancy agreement are aware of new laws.

In under two months all Scottish rental properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place, the organisation reminds people.

However, the NLA says that without a concentrated effort from the government to promote this there will be confusion and some landlords may end up having to pay the £5,000 for not displaying the certificate.

Jim Parker, chairman of NLA Scotland, said: "The promotion of EPCs seems to have been left to the commercial providers and a significant number of landlords will be blissfully unaware of the risks of not complying with the new rules."

Yesterday, buy-to-let investors were warned that they may end up in negative equity quicker than those who occupy their own home, due to tumbling house prices.

Published on: November 19, 2008

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