The National Landlords Association (NLA) for Scotland has warned its landlords face massive fines if they do not provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for prospective tenants.
The EPC, which details the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a rental property, must be made available to prospective tenants at the earliest opportunity. When a tenant moves in, it needs to be fixed in an accessible, visible location inside the property.
To help landlords in Scotland and across the UK comply with the new rules, NLA EPCs was launched last July, offering certificates for NLA members and has provided over 2,500 EPCs to date.
"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," says Jim Parker, chairman of NLA Scotland."
"Landlords are already investing in energy saving measures in response to the need to cut bills but the Scottish Government should properly explore a full range of measures to encourage more landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their rental accommodation," he concludes.IFAonline
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