5 Easy Steps to Improve an EPC rating
From 1 April, private rented sector properties that are let on assured or regulated tenancies (subject to certain criteria) need to be Band E minimum if the property is being let on a new tenancy. If you are a landlord and own an F or G band property, here are 5 easy steps to improve the rating:
1. Old buildings
If it’s an old solid wall property and the EPC was produced in Nov 2017 or early, get another EPC produced. Some of the key data behind the EPC was changed in November 2017 and this step alone may lift a Band B and Band F property to Band E.
2. Access to loft hatch
Make sure the EPC assessor can access the loft hatch when they come to do a site visit – so move that wardrobe from under it!! If they can’t access the hatch, the loft insulation may not be taken into account.
3. Light bulbs
Fit low energy light bulbs wherever you can – an empty light socket counts against the property rather than being neutral!
4. Cavity Wall Insulation Certificate
If the property has cavity wall insulation but it can’t be clearly seen from the outside of the building, make sure you give the EPC Assessor a copy of the certificate.
5. Central heating boiler details
Make sure the central heating boiler info – make, model and “GC no” are clearly visible on the outside of the boiler
More tips to follow!!