Energy Performance Certificates (as of April 2018)
From October 2008, all properties marketed for sale or to let have been legally required to have an EPC. The survey must be carried out as soon as marketing begins); the certificate itself will be downloaded and added to the on-line advertising so that it is available to any prospective tenant viewing the property and a copy is given to those who take up tenancy.
Certification is valid for 10 years and failure to produce the documentation is now a criminal offence, possibly also leading to a fine.
The survey will offer advice on how further energy savings can be made and, whilst the Landlord is under no legal obligation to carry out any works raised by the EPC, there may be an opportunity to offset some of the remedial expenditure against tax.
If you are unsure about the presence of an existing EPC at a property then Strawberry can access the EPC register and check for you. We can download a copy of an existing certificate or arrange for a new survey to be undertaken upon your behalf (upon payment we will instruct an assessor to complete the survey as soon as possible).
From April 2018 any property which falls into a category below E, cannot be let unless changes are made or an exception is registered.
For further information please ask the Strawberry team.