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Energy performance certificates 'must be obtained' by landlords

25 September 2008

Landlords should ensure they have made efforts to comply with new energy-efficiency laws being introduced on October 1st, it has been warned.

Paragon Mortgages has urged them to make sure they have obtained energy performance certificates (EPCs) for all of their rental properties by the time the legislation comes into force next week.

A survey by the firm revealed that 81 per cent of owners still had not acquired the necessary documentation - which could lead to fines of up to £200.

"We would advise landlords to get their EPCs sorted out as quickly as possible so that they are ahead of the game when it comes to re-letting a property," stated John Heron, managing director of the company.

Around £500 million in fines will be sent out to people who don't comply with the law, the National Landlord's Association has predicted.

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