Whenever a house is built, sold or rented it requires an Energy Performance Certificate or EPC. This contains information about the property’s energy usage, typical energy costs and recommendations which could improve overall energy efficiency in the home and thus reducing bills.

An EPC is valid for 10 years however, if you have made improvements that are likely to affect the EPC rating of your home it is generally a good idea to obtain a new report. The ratings that are given range from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) but remember, listed properties are exempt. You need to make sure you have a valid EPC prior to marketing your property for sale or to let.



OWNERS

It is the seller or landlords responsibility to provide the buyer or tenant with a valid EPC before marketing the property. If an EPC is not available right away, the seller or landlord need to have this arranged within 7 days or marketing the property however, if there is evidence and signs of reasonable efforts having been made, it is possible to have an extension of 21 days or up to a maximum of 28 days.



ESTATE AGENT

It is the estate agents responsibility to ensure that the seller or landlord has commissioned a new EPC or that the current one is valid and up to date with any improvements. Once the EPC is acquired, it is provided to the potential buyer and listed on the online property adverts.