Why Landlords Should Care About Energy Efficiency

Most people are concerned about energy efficiency these days, and for good reason.

However, landlords in particular should take extra interest in energy efficiency with regards to their property, and here is why…

The EPC

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a requirement for all properties that are to be sold or let, which includes the property’s energy use and typical energy costs. An EPC also provides a range of ways to keep energy use down and save money.

The certificate is valid for 10 years, and will give your property an energy efficiency rating on a scale from ‘A’ to ‘G,’ ‘A’ being the most efficient.

Landlords should get their EPC done as soon as possible when needed (e.g. each time before they let a property) as they could face a fine otherwise, which is a fixed fine of £200 per property.

The other reason it’s best to get it done early is that the EPC rating must be included in all marketing materials used to sell/let the property.

Complying with these laws ensures people can make informed decisions when searching for a property to rent, as well as avoiding fines for the landlord.

An energy efficient property benefits both you, and your tenants

Making energy efficiency improvements to a home results in a higher energy efficiency rating on the EPC, and will therefore appeal to a wider range of tenants, and can sometimes be a crucial factor when it comes to sealing the deal. The property will receive lots of interest from prospective tenants and will experience less void periods.

Landlords want good tenants who will look after the place well, and people who care about energy efficiency tend to be more responsible and trustworthy. They may be more likely to pay bills on time and keep the place clean. These types of tenants make it easier to run a successful lettings business.

The better the energy efficieny of a property, the lower the bills, and this is something your tenants will love and be grateful for. With relatively low bills, tenants will be more likely to continue staying in that home, and a longer term, stable tenancy is great for the landlord.

If you don’t already have energy efficiency in mind as a top priority, now is the time to put some plans in place. Getting an EPC and making improvements ensures you stick to the law and you’ll reap the rewards.