A campaign is needed to raise awareness of private landlords' legal requirement to acquire energy performance certificates (EPCs) on their properties to rent, according to Paragon Mortgages.

In its latest quarterly study of the private rented sector, the lender said many private landlords are delaying the purchase of an EPC until they require a new tenant.

This supports the findings of the Association of Residential Letting Agents' annual review, published last month, which stated that three-quarters of landlords are delaying the effects of EPC legislation until they next need to market a property to rent.

EPCs - which became a legal requirement from October last year - offer tenants an insight into a property's energy efficiency and potential fuel bills before they commit to a tenancy agreement.

Paragon statistics showed that 45.6 per cent of landlords had not obtained an EPC by the end of the fourth quarter, compared to 81.3 per cent in the previous three-month period.

The lender commented: "Whilst this shows an improvement in compliance, it underlines the need for a sustained communication campaign by government."ADNFCR-2002-ID-19010370-ADNFCR

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