Find Everything about Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Since an EPC is now required by law, if your house has been sold or rented since 2008, it must have one.
Of course . When marketing a house for sale or letting, it is a legal necessity to obtain a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Certain categories of property are exempt, and all exemptions must be listed on the national register. Each exemption is valid for five years after it is registered.
Furthermore, any property let on a new tenancy or a fixed term renewal must achieve the new minimum EPC rating of E or above as of April 1, 2018. Because EPCs are only valid for ten years and were made mandatory in 2008, it's crucial to double-check that yours is still valid and has an E or above grade. From April 1, 2020, any domestic property with an EPC grade of F or G will be unable to be rented.
EPCs are not needed for:
- Lease extensions or renewals
- Compulsory purchase orders
- Shares in a firm are sold, but the buildings stay in the company's possession.
- Lease surrenders temporary structures that will be used for less than two years.
- Industrial sites, workshops, and non-residential agricultural buildings with minimal energy demand
- Standalone buildings with a total useable floor space of less than 50 metres squared that are not homes.
An EPC evaluates a property's energy efficiency, with "A" indicating the most energy efficient property and "G" indicating the least energy efficient property. It must be performed by a certified Domestic Energy Assessor, and it will also display a building's environmental impact by identifying carbon dioxide emissions. The assessor considers elements such as the insulation of the walls, floors, and roofs, the efficiency of the boiler, and even the type of lightbulbs used. The national register, which is open to the public, contains all EPCs.
An EPC is valid for ten years and can be used for various leases during that time if the grade is neither F or G. This is because any property let on a new tenancy or a fixed term renewal of rental must have an EPC rating of E or above as of April 1, 2018. To keep a valid EPC at all times, a fresh EPC should be obtained for a rental property as soon as a current certificate expires.
Our EPC Assessors roughly take around 30 to 40 mins for a typical 3 bedroom property. However for complex properties with multiple floors or extensions, EPC assessments may take longer.
We have a speedy turnaround time and we make sure that you receive your EPC Certificate within less then 24 hours.
An Energy Performance Certificate provides detailed information about a wide spectrum of the elements that gives a clear picture of a home’s energy efficiency performance. This includes:
1. Lighting: It is considered whether you use energy saving light bulbs
2. Insulation: How thick are the walls of your home? Do you have cavity wall insulation installed in your home? Do you have single or double glazing?
3. Heating system: The EPC inspection considers whether your home has a central heating system or an energy efficient boiler. It is also considered whether water is heated only on demand or it is stored.
4. It is taken into consideration whether you generate your own energy. Do you use a solar panel or wind turbine with a micro-generator?
All these factors are collated to attribute an energy efficiency rating to your property, which is calculated out of 100, and then categorized into 7 bands, A-G. Carbon emission of your home is also taken into consideration here.
If you do not have a valid EPC Certificate in place, trading standards officers have a right to straight away issue a penalty fine for residential or domestic properties. Tenants that have not received a EPC Certificate for their rented accommodation have a right to contact trading standards and may lose the right to operate.
Yes, all our EPC energy assessors are fully insured and checked with the Criminal Records Bureau.
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