I’ve yet to meet a prospective tenant, let alone an actual tenant, that even knows what an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is. They’ve been a legal requirement for landlords in England and Wales since October 2008, yet they appear to be as much of a mystery as they’ve ever been.
An EPC is primarily meant to benefit tenants. But if tenants are 1) unaware they exist 2) uninterested when they’re made aware they exist 3) confused by the technicoloured document when they’re looking at it – then the question has to be asked, who’s actually benefiting here? Someone’s Louis Vutton pockets, that’s whose.
So far I’ve been looked at gormlously by tenants each time I’ve handed over an EPC during a viewing. I almost feel embarrassed doing it because I can always anticipate the tenant’s response (it’s the same one I’m always given):
Before you hippies and eco-warriors start restocking on ganja, filling up your flasks with herbal tea and pitch camp outside my garden for a full on protest, let me clarify something. I like the idea of an EPC. Sure, if PROPERTY A will cost X amount more to keep warm than PROPERTY B because it’s less energy efficient, i’d like to know. I’m all for energy efficiency and reducing costs. Bring it on!
However, when you’re employing someone to measure the energy efficieny of a property and documenting the results using multi-coloured graphs on high quality printing paper for an audience that doesn’t have a bloody clue, you need to ask yourself, who’s really raping mother-nature here?
My problem is that the Government introduced a law which the main beneficiaries are, in general, completely oblivious to. What’s the bloody point? Riddle me that, Batman.
The way I see it is, EPCs are a good idea in principle, but a good idea without understanding or acknowledgement is a terrible idea.
What’s the solution? No idea, because I don’t know what the actual problem is. I’m not sure if tenants are generally unaware of the programme and consequently require educating, or whether tenants generally don’t give a shit about the energy efficiency of a property they’re temporarily renting. Either way, tenants don’t seem to be paying much attention, yet we’re still paying for the bloody things. Granted, EPC’s cost about £55 and they last for 10 years, but it’s the principle, innit.
Just to reiterate, landlords are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) per property. Follow the link for more details on when, why, how and where you can purchase them from.
I’m curious to know, as a landlord, do you even bother showing the EPC? How do tenants react to them- are they even familiar with them? Have you ever had a tenant request to see one?
I’m also curious about this situation from the tenants perspective. Do you ask to see them? Have landlords/agents shown you them in the past? Do you even care about them?
Grab the mic and say your piece below. Peace! x