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What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An EPC is another essential landlord document if you rent  or sell a property in the UK. Landlords can’t serve a Section 21 Notice without one. The good news is that EPCs last for 10 years from the date they’re carried out.

If you are selling or renting your property, you will need to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). These can be obtained through Griffin.

An EPC is a legally required document that reports on the energy efficiency of the property which you are selling or renting. You are legally required to order an EPC before your market your property and the EPC must be made available to potential purchasers at the earliest opportunity. Failure to comply with EPC legislation could result in a fine of up to £200.

What is an EPC and what does it mean?

The EPC looks broadly similar to the energy labels provided on many household appliances. Its purpose is to indicate how energy efficient a building is. The EPC will provide an energy efficiency rating from A to G, where A is very efficient, and G is the least efficient. The better the rating, the more energy efficient the building is, and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be.

Each energy efficiency rating is based on the characteristics of the building itself (the fabric) and its services (such as heating, ventilation and lighting). This type of rating is known as an asset rating. The asset rating will reflect the age and condition of the building. The EPC includes recommendations to help owners and occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of a building. The recommendations include cost effective improvements and further improvements (that achieve higher standards but are not necessarily cost effective). For each recommendation the indicative cost, typical cost savings and the performance rating after improvement are listed. The potential rating shown on the EPC is based on all cost-effective recommendations being implemented.

The EPC will assess the energy efficiency of services which are present in the building. It will not comment on the safety aspects or maintenance of the services nor will the assessment confirm that the installed system is fit for purpose.

From April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.

These requirements will apply to all private rented properties in England and Wales, even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements:

If a property has a favourable energy rating this can be used as an additional marketing tool in the process of selling your property as it will be cost effective to the purchaser/tenant. Even if you are not actively in the process of selling your home, an EPC will provide valuable information and will help you take action to minimise running costs.

For further information on Energy Performance Certificates or to find out how you can obtain your EPC, please call us now on 01375 265983 or epc@griffin-grays.co.uk

Useful Information

EPC register: www.epcregister.com

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