To comply with EU legislation all rental properties marketed in Scotland must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The certificate gives a rating, similar to what you find on white goods etc, showing its energy efficiency and its environmental impact on a scale of A to G in a graph form, where A is most efficient and G the least efficient.
The certificate also recommends ways to improve the property’s energy performance to help save energy, reduce bills and cut carbon dioxide emissions.
The cost of a certificate is in the region of £80 plus vat. The certificate is valid for rental purposes for 10 years but properties should be re-assessed sooner if energy saving improvements are carried out, such as the installation of a new boiler.
It is good letting practice and will improve your property’s EPC rating if you can provide a basic level of thermal insulation and where necessary draught insulation of doors and windows and lagging of hot water pipes and immersion heaters.
The Tenant must be able to heat your property to a reasonable temperature and at a reasonable cost so there should be an efficient and economical heating supply and hot water supply.