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EPCs may set tenant against landlord

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    The Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) is warning that landlords and tenants could end up at odds over the implications of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).Legislation being introduced from 1st October means that the certificates must be available to new and prospective tenants.EPCs are already a requirement of the Home Information Pack and cost between [...]

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    EPCs and the implications

    I'm not so sure that a new tenant will expect any improvements to be carried out. But it will provide a numeric benchmark of each property - so for a prospective tenant looking at 2 similar properties in a simliar area - the EPC will quickly show which property has the best energy efficiency.

    As to guide costs - they are just that a guide. The running costs are updated every 6 months using industry averages. Now no 2 persons lifestyles are the same - but again its a benchmark. As the EPC has a 10 year life these estimates of cost will be wildly out of step in a year or two.

    Perhaps some form of indexing will also need to be provided when comparing EPCs of differing years - on this cost aspect.