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An Energy Performance Certificate details the energy efficiency of a property on a scale of A to G.
A is the best rating, G the worst. Properties with a better rating have lower energy bills and a lower impact on the environment in terms of Co2 emissions.
The rating is based on the performance of the building itself and its services (such as heating and lighting), rather than the domestic appliances within it. The certificate also shows the potential rating of the property if all the cost-effective recommendations provided are followed.
The European Union Directive 2002/91/EC relating to the energy performance of buildings has led to the enactment of the Housing Act 2004, which stipulates that from 1st October 2008 it will be a legal requirement for all rental properties to have an Energy Performance Certificate. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in the payment of a fine
This legislation requires the certificate to be made available, free of charge, to any prospective tenant before entering into a contract.
A landlord not in possession of an Energy Performance Certificate will not be allowed to market a property.
An Energy Performance Certificate is accompanied by a recommendation report detailing improvements that could be made by a property owner to make their property more energy efficient with a price guide to the possible savings made.
An Energy Performance Certificate is not valid unless it has been produced by a qualified and accredited Domestic Energy Assessor who is licensed by a government approved scheme.
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