If you’ve spent any time at all in the letting game, you’ll all about the crucial nature of a recent energy performance certificate. Failing to get your property surveyed can have all kinds of annoying and troublesome knock on effects, ranging from fines and legal trouble to being unable to let or sell. Getting an EPC for your commercial properties and domestic properties in no laughing matter, it’s absolutely essential.
An accurate EPC can also give a good landlord something to aim for in terms of maximising efficiency, and therefore energy costs. If you’re new to all this and are unsure about your letting properties EPC, read on!
So What Exactly is an EPC?
Essentially an efficiency grading for your property, in the UK, all property owners, commercial and domestic, are required by law to have an up to date EPC. Introduced on August 1st 2007, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is essentially a study of your property’s energy efficiency, and notes down your CO2 emissions.
At its core, it’s a summary of all your properties energy efficiencies, with a focus on highlighting shortcomings, and giving the property a grading from ‘A’, the best, to ‘G’, the worst. The average UK property comes in at roughly ‘C’ or ‘D’, meaning the vast majority of properties in the UK just aren’t that efficient. A recent EPC is absolutely essential for a landlord.
Why is an EPC Necessary for a Landlord?
If you’re the owner of a property that you’re letting, then it falls down to you to make sure that you’ve got recent and up to date energy performance certificate. An energy performance certification can help your property go green, giving you efficiency goals and targets. Not only will you be saving the environment, but you can expect to see running costs drop, which benefits everyone.
On top of that, you have to stick to UK government legislation. Failing to have an EPC can result in fines and legal trouble as well as being unable to sell or let your property. As you can well imagine, that’s utterly disastrous for any would-be property magnate, so you absolutely have to keep on top of getting yours done.
When it comes to actually getting it done, it’s just a case of finding a great reliable company, getting them out to your property and getting it over with. It’s completely non-invasive, and non-damaging, so there’s no reason not to get yours sorted tomorrow!