Ten things you need to know about EPCs
Wed, Jun 26, 2019
According to a recent news report the 20 millionth EPC (Energy Peformance Certificate) will be issued sometime this summer. If you’re selling a house you’ll need to have one, and if you’re buying or renting you’ll expect to be given one for your new property – but what are they actually for?
- Certificates last for ten years; check if your home has one www.epcregister.com. You can also view EPCs for neighbouring properties to see how yours compares
- If you extend or convert your property you’ll usually need a new EPC when you come to sell
- It’s illegal to create a new lease for a rental property without providing a valid EPC, which must show an energy efficiency rating of no lower than grade E. From April 2020 this will also apply to leases already in place
- A few properties are exempt from EPC rules, including some listed properties, some commercial buildings, and single-room lettings
- The main A-G grading shows the property’s overall standard of energy efficiency, with A representing a high standard and G a home which is likely to be a draughty fuel-guzzler
- The certificate also summarises the property’s likely energy costs, and where making improvements to the home could potentially reduce these
- If you don’t have an EPC already your agent must show that one has been ordered before putting your house on the market
- There isn’t a standard charge for the certificate – it will vary according to location and the size and type of the property. Your agent will probably offer to arrange one for you, but you’re free to order your own
- Only an accredited assessor can issue an EPC. If you disagree with their findings you can dispute this directly with the assessor, or further, with their accreditation scheme
- Last year the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy held a consultation about the effectiveness of EPCs with their findings due to be released soon, so it’s possible changes will be made.