When it comes to signing tenancy agreements, many people are unconcerned about energy performance certificates (EPCs).

That is the latest landlord advice to be issued by the National Landlords Association (NLA), which has claimed that many tenants do not view EPCs as a priority when moving into a property.

Many potential residents are unaware, the NLA suggested, of the legal requirement for landlords to give a copy of the EPC to the person moving in.

And as the average property has an energy rating of D - on a scale of A to G - the association suggests that energy savings are low on the list of considerations for many tenants.

Sussanne Chambers, a director of the NLA, said that many landlords are now wondering about the certificates' effectiveness.

"What has become apparent is that tenants don't seem to be interested in them or use them as a deciding factor in choosing a rental property,"she explained.

In separate research by the NLA, it was found that 44 per cent of landlords in the UK had experienced rental arrears in the six months to March 2009.

Written by Mark GarnerADNFCR-2002-ID-19289921-ADNFCR

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