Do You Need An EPC?
The requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has been the law since 2008 (2009 in Scotland), meaning that if your home has been rented or sold since then it should have one. They remain valid for 10 years. If you sell or rent your property on Estate Agents Suck.com, you can add/upload your EPC to your property details in PDF format during the process.
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As a general rule, an EPC is required every time a home is put up for sale or for rent. So, a newly constructed home will have one, a landlord will need one to show potential tenants, and a seller must have one to show to potential buyers.
From April 2018, landlords will be required to achieve a minimum rating of E on the EPC for their rental property. Unless there is an accepted exemption, landlords face a penalty of up to £4,000 for failure to meet the minimum efficiency requirement
There are a few exceptions. You don’t need an EPC when renting out a room in your house and listed buildings may also be exempt as they can’t have upgrades like double glazing.
There’s a national register of EPCs, unless you’ve opted out, where you can take a look at your property’s previous certificates.
If you are looking to rent or buy a property, the landlord or seller should never try to charge you for an EPC.
If you are a landlord or seller, you’ll need to at least get this certificate ordered before you put the property on the market (you may be able to use the EPC given to you when you bought the property if it’s still valid). If you own a commercial property that you want to sell or lease, you’ll also need to get an EPC organised.
How much does an EPC cost?
There’s no fixed amount for an EPC, it depends on a number of factors including what kind of property you live in, the size of the property and how many bedrooms it has. The area you live in can also affect the price considerably.
EPC prices typically start at £40 to £45, but a certificate for a large house in an expensive city could easily cost several times that.
What does an EPC look like?
An EPC is a relatively straightforward certificate. It will look a bit like the multi-coloured sticker that you get on new household appliances.
A section of your EPC will be dedicated to how energy efficient your property is. It’s graded from A to G, with A meaning an energy efficient, well-insulated, probably modern home, and G meaning a draughty old building where the wind rattles the walls.
Typically, you’ll find an older property with no retrofitted energy-saving technology will be around a D grade.
There will also be a number from 1 – 100, where a higher number signifies that the home is more efficient and the fuel bills will cost less.
Your EPC will give an indication of how much it will cost to heat and power your home. Details are also listed on potential savings that could be made should you improve the energy efficiency of your household running costs.
The following section of the EPC gives you an indication of how energy efficient different aspects of your home are. It can act as a useful guide to help you work out which areas to focus on first when improving your home’s efficiency.
Who can issue an EPC?
An accredited domestic energy assessor will need to issue you with your EPC, it’s not something you can do by yourself. You can also visit the EPC Register for recommendations or alternatively check out some of the adverts for EPC services on this page.
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