EPC law disregarded by a high number of rental properties

EPC improvement costs revealed

EPC improvement costs revealed

According to data from the Department for Communities and Local Government, revealed by a Freedom of Information request, most rental properties do not have Energy Performance Certificates.

The reply from CLG says that the percentage of properties with EPCs are as follows:

  • Private domestic rental – 26%
  • Sale – 95%
  • Social housing – 75%


Though the CLG did state that the figures, from 2012, had not been quality assured and their accuracy can not be confirmed. The CLG arrived at it’s percentage for the Private Rented Sector by looking at the central EPC register and at data from the English Housing Survey.

Since January 2013 it has been a requirement that property adverts should include the EPC rating and the CLG believe that this initiative would have helped raise public awareness of what is required.

Failure to produce an EPC can result in fines, with the fixed penalty being £200. While the legal responsibility for having an EPC rests with the landlord, it is the responsibility of a letting agent to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned for the property before marketing it for rent.

 

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