Well…..probably not a lot – most only bother with them as it is a requirement to be able to market your property to let.
Of course this is only my opinion, but I think that realistically this will be the view across the vast majority of Landlords.
Although, perhaps I am being pessimistic and not giving credit those that care. I am sure there are some landlords out there who see EPCs as more than just an obstacle to letting – but it is difficult to see their value at times.
New Legislation relating to EPC’s comes into force on 6th April 2012 . It advises that to market a property for rent or sale the EPC must be displayed within 7 days of commencement.
This legislation, although very, commendable really doesn’t make much of a difference to me as a Landlord. I have EPCs for my properties, the fact that I now have to display them whilst I market the property is no great effort for me.
I can honestly say that not one tenant I have rented to has ever accepted my offer of providing them with an EPC. The point is further stressed when I show them a copy and you can clearly see they are not at all interested.
My disappointment is that Legislation should have scratched the surface a little bit deeper and looked at what should happen once an EPC is done.
EPC’s are held on a central register – this register should use to filter homes with lower rating EPC’s -
This way we can identify where we can make an immediate impact. Given the poor reputation we landlords have, I would welcome the Government establishing teams to work with owners of property with poorer rating EPCs.
This would ensure that owners whether they be private landlords, owner occupiers or housing associations, in this predicament, are given support and advice about options available to them.
Ultimately, to achieve the longer-term targets of reduced emissions nearly all housing stock will have to have zero emission.
We all need to change our mind set and focus on the long-term goals. Teams, as I’ve suggested at a local level should be working with landlords, letting agents and their respective associations alike. Otherwise most of us will continue to pay little heed to EPCs or what they are supposed to represent.
NLA members qualify for a 10 per cent discount from a NLA EPCs . To find out more about their range of professional assessments carried out by a nationwide network of fully qualified and accredited Domestic Energy Assessors please visit the NLA website.