Energy Performance Certificates: guide

Guidance on the use of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) which provide information about how energy efficient a building is, and how the efficiency could be improved.

Private rented buildings

Provision of the EPC

The EPC rating must be included in property advertisements in commercial media and must be available for issue to all prospective tenants. If you do not provide this information, you may be subject to a penalty charge notice of £500 or more.

EPCs are valid for 10 years. You can check whether your building has an existing EPC on the Scottish EPC register. EPCs produced for a building which has a Green Deal plan can only be retrieved using the Report Reference Number for the EPC.

If you need to get an EPC, you can search for an EPC assessor.

The EPC must be provided to a new tenant. EPCs do not have to be provided where an existing tenant is renewing their lease. The EPC must be made available free of charge. This is a legal requirement.

Some types of accommodation do not need an EPC. For example, if you are renting a room with shared access to facilities such as a kitchen, a bathroom or a living area, an EPC does not have to be provided.

Read how to get an EPC for more information.


The local authority has powers to enforce the regulations. Landlords have a legal obligation to comply with the regulations and could be subject to a fine if they do not.



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