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From 1 October 2008 landlords and letting agents in England and Wales must provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to new and prospective tenants. Scottish landlords will be required to provide them from 4 January 2009. The EPC must be made available free of charge at the earliest opportunity and no later than the time when written particulars are provided to a tenant or when a viewing is conducted or if neither of those occur, before the tenancy agreement is signed. Failure to do so can result in a £200 fine for each breach.
There is no need to obtain an EPC for an existing tenancy, nor where a tenant rents a room and shares facilities (i.e. where there is a resident landlord). Once obtained, a certificate remains valid for up to 10 years.
EPCs tell you how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes - which should have the lowest fuel bills - are in band A.
The Certificate also tells you, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home has on the environment and includes recommendations on ways to improve the home's energy efficiency to save you money and help the environment.
A Landlord can only obtain an EPC from a licensed Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Expect to pay between £65-100 for one.
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