From October 2008 landlords offering property for rent will be required by law to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate for their property. EPCs will be valid for 10 years and a free copy must be provided to any prospective Tenant either when any written information is provided or at the point of viewing.

An EPC consists of an energy rating, potential energy rating and also includes advice on how to reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills with low and high cost measures. The EPC is based on an assessment or inspection of insulation, space heating, water heating, window type, size of property, utility types and sources