When selling or letting a property, you’ll need to make sure there is a valid EPC issued within the last 10 years before you can market it.
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An energy performance certificate (EPC) measures the impact of a property on the environment.
A property can be placed in bands A - G, with the most efficient buildings being in band A and the least efficient in band G.
An energy performance certificate records details about the current energy efficiency of a property, along with recommendations on how to improve efficiency and save money.
A valid energy performance certificate (EPC) is required when a property is built, sold or rented.
An up to date EPC is required before you market your property. Once issued, an EPC is valid for 10 years.
There are some exceptions to building which will not require an EPC. These include:
You should get advice from your local authority to confirm that you don’t need to get an EPC.
A valid EPC must be provided to any potential buyers or tenants free of charge. Without a valid EPC you would be unable to market the property for sale or rent.
Marketing without a valid EPC could result in a fine of £200 for domestic properties.
If your property doesn’t have a valid EPC, you’ll need to get a new energy performance certificate.
You can arrange for an accredited assessor to inspect the property and issue an energy performance certificate.
You must provide the EPC before selling or renting your property.
As of 1st April 2018, a property would need to have an energy performance certificate rating of E or above before you could market it for private rental.
There is currently no minimum EPC rating required if you intend to sell a property.
The minimum EPC requirement only affects landlords wishing to rent a property in the private sector.