EPC - GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE
EPC are being introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
If you are buying or selling a home you need a certificate by law. From 1st October 2008 EPCs will be required whenever a building is built, sold or rented out. The certificate provides ‘A’ to ‘G’ ratings for the building, with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient and ‘G’ being the least, with the average up to now being ‘D’.
Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient, currently the law requires an EPC to be carried out once every ten years.
At DBP we have searched the market and found the most sufficient and efficient company to carry out EPC.
- MAINTENANCE: the regulations place a duty on the landlord to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and associated pipe work are maintained in a safe condition at all times.
- ANNUAL SAFETY CHECK: gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation must be checked for safety within 12 months of being installed and thereafter at least every 12 months by a competent engineer [who is gas safe registered].
- TENANTS APPLIANCES: it is not the landlord’s duty to have the tenants appliances tested.
- RECORDS: gas safety records must be kept for a minimum of two years.
- GAS CERTIFICATES: a copy of the safety check record or certificate must be given to the tenant before the tenant occupies the premises.
PENALTY AND ENFORCEMENT:
The maximum penalty imposed in a Magistrate’s Court for non-compliance is a fine of £5,000. Note however, that where injury or death occurs due to the non-compliance an un limited fine or custodial sentence can be imposed.