Many tenants are unaware of the law, and even if a property receives a low grade, it does not seem to affect whether a tenant will want to live in a property. Given that the average efficiency grade is "D", at the lower end of the scale, it seems that EPCs have a limited influence on a tenant’s choice of property.
An EPC is valid for 10 years. Landlords do not have to register a new EPC each time a new tenancy starts but they are required to give a copy of the EPC to new tenants.
Sussanne Chambers, a director of the NLA, said: "It seems many landlords are left wondering about the effectiveness of an EPC.
"What has become apparent is that tenants don’t seem to be interested in them, or use them as a deciding factor in choosing a rental property. As always, it is the responsible landlords who have commissioned EPCs and for whom they are now part and parcel of their lettings business."
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