Everything you need to know about EPCs
What is an EPC?
EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. This is a legally required certificate that gives an indication of the energy performance of your property. For commercial properties, you might hear this referred to as an NDEPC – which stands for Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate.
What do you need an EPC for?
An EPC/NDEPC give properties an energy efficiency rating from A-E (most efficient to least efficient). This lets potential buyers or tenants know how energy efficient a building is. It will also give buyers/tenants recommendations on how the energy use could be reduced.
Who needs an EPC?
By law, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is needed whenever a property is: built, sold, or rented.
- You must provide this EPC free of charge to any prospective tenant at the earliest opportunity
- The EPC must be given to anyone who takes up tenancy at the property
- All adverts must detail the energy rating band letter of the property (A-G), and you should display the A-G graph if space allows, but you don’t have to upload the whole certificate
Without a valid EPC/NDEPC, you’re liable for a fine of between £500 and £5000, depending on the rateable value of the property.
From April 2018, proposed legislative changes would require all rental properties to have an EPC rating of E or above.
How long is an EPC valid for?
An EPC/NDEPC is valid for 10 years.
How do I get an EPC?
You’ll need to have your property inspected by a qualified domestic/non-domestic energy assessor. After they’ve made their assessment, they’ll create a certificate for you.
easyProperty can arrange for a qualified energy assessor to create an EPC for you.
When do I need my EPC?
You must order your EPC before you market your property, and it should be available within 7 days of your property going on the market. After that, there is a 21-day grace period by which point you absolutely must have a valid EPC.