Student landlords urged to secure EPC
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Student landlords have been encouraged not to delay securing an energy performance certificate (EPC) for their properties despite the fact that they are currently not obliged to do so this year.
Under the terms of EPC regulations, student landlords have not been so far been obliged to provide the information to tenants since they have already secured tenancies for the academic year.
However, they will be bound to do so as of next year and Paragon Mortgages has warned that failing to comply with the regulation could see landlords missing out.
John Heron, Paragon Mortgages managing director, said: "They should not rest on their laurels though and think they can delay obtaining an EPC assessment.
"Students look to secure property for the following academic year early so they don't have to worry about finding accommodation when they have the stress of summer exams, so landlords without an EPC for their property could find themselves missing out."
Landlords who do not provide an EPC are set to face punishments including a £200 fine and a ban on advertising their property for rent.
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