Updated: Nov 4, 2022
Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
Yes. When a property is being advertised for sale or letting, a valid EPC is legally required. However, certain property types are exempt, and all exemptions must be recorded on the national register. The duration of each registered exemption is five years.
Additionally, any property leased on a new tenancy or a fixed-term renewal must now have an EPC rating or higher as of April 1, 2018. Since EPCs have a 10-year lifespan and were made mandatory in 2008, confirming that your EPC is still valid and has an E or higher rating is critical. Any domestic property with an EPC rating of F or G will no longer be able to be rented out starting on April 1, 2020. Furthermore, it is legally required to have a valid EPC before giving notice to a tenant if a landlord wants to regain possession of a property rented under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.
What is an EPC?
An EPC evaluates a building's energy efficiency, with "A" denoting the building with the highest level of efficiency and "G" meaning the building with the lowest efficiency level. It needs to be done by a certified domestic energy assessor and will reveal a building's carbon dioxide emissions and environmental impact. The assessor considers elements like boiler efficiency, wall, floor, and roof insulation, and the type of lightbulbs used. The national register contains information on every EPC.
How long is an EPC valid?
If the rating is not F or G, an EPC is valid for ten years and may be used for multiple tenancies. This is due to the requirement that any property leased under a new tenancy or a fixed-term tenancy renewal has an EPC rating or higher as of April 1, 2018. Therefore, to keep an EPC current at all times, a new EPC should be arranged for a rental property as soon as an old one expires.
How do I order an EPC?
Metro-PAT 24/7 Limited can arrange for an EPC to be carried out on your behalf. The cost of an EPC will be £85.00 plus VAT.
For more information, please call 0800 014 6728 or book online.