Energy Performing Landlords by Heather Hilder on January 2, 2019 “Energy Performing Landlords”As part of the residential lettings process, Landlords are required to ensure that their property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum performance rating of E, available to all prospective Tenants.An EPC is a certificate issued by an authorised Domestic Energy Assessor, and is valid for ten years.The certificate is illustrated by two graphs that highlight the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the building in question. These are very similar to the graphs found on a new fridge or car. Rated from A-G, where A is the most efficient and G the least efficient, the graphs are designed to raise awareness of the environmental issues associated with the property in an effort to help us become more environmentally responsible. The certificate also contains recommended ways of improving the property’s energy performance, and Landlords would be well advised to take advantage of the various grants available to them to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.The implications of not having an EPC rated “E” or above go beyond any potential cost saving as a result of efficiency improvements, with civil penalties of up to £5,000 for failure of having such a certificate.We are always aware of our responsibility to help our Landlords comply with the increasing burden of legislation. Why not ask us to arrange your EPC today in order to avoid any potential liability. Call us on 01273-735237 for further information.