A recent freedom of information request revealed that some 75% privately rented properties do not have Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) required by law since 2008.
The FOI request to Department for Communities and Local Government was filed by charity 10:10. The DCLG thinks the current picture is better than that revealed in FOI which is based on the information produced in 2012. However, the charity says that the DCLG is doing little to enforce the law on EPCs.
Sam Zalewski of Martin & Co (Merthyr Tydfil) commented: “As far as we can tell, the situation on the local market is actually pretty good in that respect. At least when it comes to local letting agents we can say that most, even if not all, properties advertised to let do have EPC. Certainly we at Martin & Co always make sure that any property we advertise has an EPC. Most opinion polls show that most people want to make an effort in reducing their carbon footprint. The EPCs, for all their faults, are an important part of that process. Not to mention that we cannot imagine doing anything as a letting agent that would be breaking the law.”
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