When renting, selling, or leasing a commercial or residential property in England, property owners and landlords are obligated to give EPCs to any potential tenant or buyer. EPCs must be carried out by an accredited domestic energy assessor which you can source in your area at the government's official EPC register
What is an EPC?
A coloured tag indicating the appliance’s energy efficiency is always present when you buy new appliances. Buildings are an example of this. From A, the most efficient, through G, the least efficient, each gets an EPC grade. You may find out from the rating how expensive it is to heat and cool your property.
A property’s energy use and average energy expenses are displayed in an EPC along with advice on how to save energy and improve efficiency. This certificate must be requested before the property is put on the market whether you are a landlord or selling a property. You might be able to utilise the EPC that was provided to you when you purchased the property if it is still valid.
Do I need an EPC in London?
It is legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) produced and accessible for potential buyers or renters to assess how energy efficient a building is when a commercial property or residential property is listed.
When your house goes on the market, you must at the very least have applied for an EPC if you intend to sell your house. It makes sense to resolve an EPC as soon as possible to avoid the selling process being slowed down.
If you want to sell your property, you could also discover that a low EPC rating lowers its worth and marketability. If you believe it will have an impact on your capacity to sell, it can be worthwhile to invest in improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Do Listed Buildings are Require an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a record that details a building’s energy efficiency. It is based on a ranking system, with A representing the highest level of efficiency and G representing the lowest level. A valid EPC is required by law and lasts for 10 years.
A valid EPC is required for all purchases, sales, and constructions of buildings, while some circumstances may allow for an exemption.
According to government guidelines, houses of worship, structures slated for demolition, historically significant structures, and other structures are not required to have an EPC. When requesting an exemption for a listed structure, nevertheless, professional counsel must be consulted. This may suggest exempt status for listed structures, but the exemption must be justified.
Furthermore, according to the Historic England website on listed buildings, listed structures are exempt from having an EPC as of January 2013 if compliance with a set minimum energy performance would unacceptable change their character or appearance.
Do residences in conservation areas not require an EPC?
Structures in conservation areas are subject to the same EPC exemption guidelines as listed buildings. It is important to remember that planning regulations for conservation areas vary depending on whether they are subject to special controls. These restrictions, often known as Article 4 Directions, may limit the work you may typically conduct without obtaining planning approval.
Get in touch with your local planning authorities to find out if Article 4 applies to your home.
What does an EPC exemption actually mean?
According to these laws, a landlord who owns a listed property will be excused from this obligation if meeting the minimum energy performance standards would “unacceptably modify” the structure.
Under certain conditions outlined in the rules, landlords who are faced with this difficulty may seek for an EPC exemption. The exemption is good for five years if authorised.
Balancing energy efficiency with the need to protect listed structures is difficult. Landlords risk fines if there is no exception and an EPC is not made available to a potential renter.
However, while performing improvements on a listed building, prospective landlords must exercise caution. To do work on a historic structure without permission is against the law.