Energy Performance certificates made public for the first time

06 April 2012 Categories: News

Energy Performance certificates made public for the first time

Most people know that as of 6th April the rules regarding Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are due to change so that any prospective property buyer or renter will be automatically given a copy of the certificate’s first page as part of the property particulars. This will allow interested parties to see how efficient a property is before they sign on the dotted line.

What most people don’t know however is that on the same day the EPC register will be made accessible to the general public. So, anyone at any time can look to see how energy efficient a particular property is and when the latest EPC was issued. Of course people wanting to use the data will have to sign a licensing agreement but this won’t stop people from applying.

For a lot of people the fact that their address is included on the register won’t be a concern however for landlords it could spell trouble. Following the announcement by CLG minister, Andrew Stunell that mentioned the register was to be made public, some opponents raised serious concerns regarding squatters. Most EPCs that pertain to rental properties are carried out during void periods and it is thought that squatters may start to take advantage of the new public register to find empty properties.