Charity landlords face energy fines

Charities have been warned that they could face fines of up to £5,000 from 1 October if they fail to provide buyers or renters of their commercial buildings with Energy Performance Certificates.

The certificates are designed to provide information about the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. Government estimates put the price of producing an EPC at up to £2,000 for larger premises, or up to £500 for smaller ones. Owners of buildings on the market before 1 October will be given until 4 January to produce EPCs.

Kate Slattery, a solicitor in law firm Russell-Cooke's charities team, said: "It is essential for organisations intending to put property on the market to establish whether the regulations will apply to them."

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