Further to our recent blog about the landlords’ and agents’ responsibilities for Gas Safety Certificates and appliance tests, failure to have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) can also lead to significant penalties.
An EPC is required even before the property is advertised. If a property is rated at F or G in the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards the property could be rented out illegally!
The penalties vary dependent upon how long the non-compliant property has been rented for. For up to a three-month period, a penalty of £2,000.00 applies, the same amount if you do not obtain the EPC before advertising. For properties that have been rented out for up to six months in breach of the requirement the penalty rises to £4,000.00.
You also need to provide a copy of the EPC and keep evidence of having done so, to the tenant. If not, you will not be able to serve an S.21 notice for possession and an award of up to three times the deposit monies plus the return of the original deposit can be made against the landlord.