The certificate is valid for ten years and can be reused as many times as required within that period. Landlords do not have to commission a new EPC each time a new tenancy starts but they are required to give a copy of the latest EPC to new tenants.
To help landlords in Scotland and across the UK comply with the new rules, NLA EPCs was launched in July, offering certificates for NLA members for only £69 including VAT and providing more than 2500 EPCs to date.
Jim Parker, Chairman, NLA Scotland, commenting on the EPC legislation, said: “Now for the first time, prospective tenants in Scotland will be able to see the heating costs of the houses and flats they view, in advance of signing on the dotted line. And given the current economic problems, it’s likely many tenants will start voting with their wallets.
“Landlords are already investing in energy saving measures in response to the need to cut bills but Scottish Government should properly explore a full range of measures to encourage more landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their rental accommodation.
“NLA Scotland is supporting landlords through NLA EPCs, making it as easy as possible for them to comply with the new EPC rules.”
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