Call for EPCs to be publicly available

Published on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 15:21
Posted by Scott Buckler

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) should be made publicly available so that properties failing to meet energy efficiency standards can be easily identified, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has stated (May 17th)

Commenting on the second reading of the Energy Bill, Ian Potter, operations manager of ARLA, made the proposals as there are around 500,000 properties in the private residential sector that fall into F and G ratings for energy performance.

However, he welcomed the decision by the government to give landlords until 2018 to make green home improvements as a "practical one", as poor performing buildings account for 17 per cent of the market.

Mr Potter did stress concern that there is still little detail about how properties are to be made more efficient.

"So far, there is no clarity on how energy improvements will be assessed or enforced - or, importantly, how this assessment will be funded," he said.

Other proposals in the Bill include making it illegal for landlords to refuse reasonable requests from tenants to make their property more energy efficient from April 2016.

 

Source: EST

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