En­ergy certificate dead­line nears

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE -

FROM April 6, land­lords and let­ting agents will be re­quired to com­mis­sion an En­ergy Per­for­mance Certificate (EPC) for all rental prop­er­ties be­fore mar­ket­ing starts.

Si­mon Thompson, chair­man of the Land­lord Syn­di­cate, says: “There has been much de­bate as to how much no­tice is taken of EPCS and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see at what point amongst a ten­ant’s pri­or­ity list of lo­ca­tion, size and dé­cor for ex­am­ple, the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of a rental prop­erty will come into play.”

Pre­vi­ously, land­lords did not have to pro­duce an EPC un­til just be­fore con­tracts were signed. Fail­ure to com­ply can re­sult in pos­si­ble fines of up to £200 for res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and £5,000 for com­mer­cial prop­er­ties.

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