What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC provides information about a property’s typical energy use and costs. It also includes recommendations on how to make the property more energy efficient, to reduce energy usage and save money. It gives a rating a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.

When would I need an EPC?

An EPC is necessary whenever a property is built, sold or rented out, unless there is an exemption (see below). You should arrange an EPC as soon as you start to market your property for sale or rent as there are fines if you cannot produce an EPC when required. To arrange an EPC you will need to contact an accredited assessor who will assess your property and produce the certificate for you in the correct format. If you are selling or renting your property through an estate agent, they will usually have a recommended assessor who will be able to prepare the EPC for you.

When is an EPC not required?

In certain circumstances an EPC will not be required. For example:

  • Places of Worship
  • Listed Buildings
  • Residential Buildings and Holiday Accommodation used for less than four months a year
  • Temporary Buildings

There is a full list of exceptions available to view on the Directgov website.

Properties with EPCs

If you are looking to buy or rent a property you can view its EPC free of charge on the EPC Register website here: Search Property

Contact Backhouse Solicitors

If you have any questions about Energy Performance Certificates or any other aspect of buying or selling a property, then we are here to help. Please contact our team of conveyancing and property experts who will be happy to answer your questions. We also offer a free no obligation 30 minute consultation for all new enquiries.

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