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EPC – The Energy Performance Certificate

If you are looking to sell or rent out your property it is important that you comply with the law relating to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).

An Energy Performance Certificate contains information about the energy efficiency of a property. It also contains information about the property’s energy use, typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.

An EPC gives the property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

An EPC applies to residential and commercial properties.

When a property is sold or rented out the seller or landlord must provide the buyer or tenant with a valid EPC free of charge before the property is marketed.

There are certain situations where an EPC is not required. These are:

  • A building used as a place of worship or religious activities
  • A temporary building with a planned time of use of two years or less
  • Industrial sites, workshops or non-residential agricultural buildings
  • Standalone buildings (other than dwellings) with a useful floor area of less than 50 meters squared
  • Buildings sold for the purpose of demolition

EPCs are also not required if the property is let on a licence. Licences are not the same as tenancies and a licence is not considered to be a tenancy for the purposes of the energy regulations. A tenancy grants exclusive possession of the property, while a licence grants permission for a licensee to do something on the property. Holiday homes and lodger arrangements are let under a licence to occupy rather than a tenancy. If you’re unsure what type of letting arrangement you have, ask our team.

An EPC is valid for 10 years from the date it is issued. A new EPC is not required each time there is a change in tenancy, or when the property is sold, as long as the EPC is no more than ten years old.

An owner, landlord or tenant can commission a new EPC within the ten year period which will then replace the earlier EPC and become the current EPC for that property.

Once an EPC reaches the ten year expiry date, there is no automatic requirement for a new one to be commissioned. A further EPC is only needed when a ‘trigger point’ is reached. A ‘trigger point’ can be when the property is next sold, let to a new tenant or substantially modified.

As the EPC relates to the property, rather than the owner, it will remain valid even after the property is sold on to a new owner, as long as it is less than ten years old.

You can search for an accredited assessor to undertake a domestic EPC assessment or contact our agents to arrange one for you. Our Partner company Bautender Ltd undertakes EPC assessment in a short timeframe. Contact us for discounted fees for your EPC assessment. You can browse their website here.

Where a property is legally required to have an EPC, it is an offence and the owner can be subject to non-compliance penalties, including fines. The EPC registration number should be included in all purchase agreements.

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