It is up to tenants of rented property to decide whether the energy performance certificate (EPC) is to their liking before moving in, according to an expert in the private rented sector.

Malcolm Harrison from Harrison Communications has said that before tenancy agreements are signed, private landlords will show their would-be customers a copy of the EPC - and the renter can gauge what implications there will be.

Tenants will mainly be trying to work out how the energy performance rating will affect utility bills, he claimed.

"If it's an old building and it's got draughty windows, which a lot of old buildings do, the tenant ought to be able to make their own decision as to whether or not they want what might be extra bills in the coming winter,"Mr Harrison explained.

His comments come soon after the government introduced the Carbon Reduction Commitment, which is a UK-wide scheme to promote energy efficiency and affects large businesses and public sector organisations.

Written by Claire Doyle

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