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Why Do I Need an EPC?

Updated: Nov 28, 2019

Energy Performance Certificates are legally required for any building that is to be put on the market for sale or for rental purposes.  The EPC must be made available to potential purchasers or tenants on request. It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure that an Energy Performance Certificate is available to prospective purchasers and tenants.

What is an EPC?

An EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, is a rating of the current energy efficiency of a property.  It takes into consideration the age and size of the building, how well insulated the property is, the type of heating and the heating controls that are present, the type of glazing the property has amongst other things. The property is given a rating between G (low efficiency) and A (high efficiency), with the average UK property achieving a D rating.  An EPC can only be produced by a qualified, accredited and insured Domestic Energy Assessor.  We are fully accredited and insured under the Quidos and Elmhurst accreditation schemes

Why do I need an EPC?

The EPC provides potential buyers or tenants of the property an idea of the running costs of the property, and the measures that can be taken to reduce running costs.  More importantly, The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides the Government much needed data about the UK Housing Stock's environmental impact, and what needs to be done to reduce the environmental impact and reduce fuel poverty

When do i need an EPC?

It is a legal requirement to have a current, valid EPC whenever a property is marketed for sale or for rent.  The EPC must be made available to potential tenants or purchasers upon request.  Failure to have a valid EPC when the property is being marketed could result in a fine.  You may also need an EPC when applying for certain Government Grants for home insulation or heating improvements, or for Renewable Energy grant

How do you produce an EPC?

To produce an EPC, we carry out a visual inspection of the property, with access needed to all rooms and the loft if possible.  We check how many habitable rooms are heated, identify the heating present and how the heating is controlled, whether the walls and loft are insulated, the overall size of the property and the heat loss perimeter amongst other things.  The EPC is designed to be non-intrusive - ie we will not remove or damage any element of the property for the inspection, as such if we cannot inspect roof voids or any part of the property, generic assumptions will be made based on age

How long does an EPC last for?

An EPC is valid for 10 years, and can be used for multiple property sales or tenancies during that time.  If you are not sure whether you have a valid EPC, or you have lost your EPC, you can check the online EPC database at www.epcregister.com

What Properties are Exempt from needing an EPC?

You don’t need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you can demonstrate that the building is ANY of these:​

Listed or officially protected and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards would ‘unacceptably alter it’

Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy

An individual non self-contained unit e.g. a bedsit or room within a HMO

- Intended to be used less than 4 months a year

- Due to be demolished with planning permission in place

Rental Properties and EPCs

As from the 1st April 2018 there is a legal requirement for any property rented out in the private rented sector to have a minimum EPC rating of E or above on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on a new tanancy.  It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum "E" EPC rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.  For rental properties with existing tenants, the deadline is April 2020.  Also, if a property does not have a current, valid EPC the landlord cannot legally evict a tenant

Steve Turner, our Domestic Energy Assessor and Professional Property Photographer covers the following areas - Chelmsford | Maldon | Braintree | Witham | Billericay | Wickford | Basildon | Benfleet | Canvey Island | Stanford Le Hope | Rayleigh | Hockley | Rochford | Southend on Sea | Leigh On Sea | Westcliff | Romford | Hornchurch | Upminster | Rainham

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