What is an EPC ?
An Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC for short, is a legal document that is required if you are selling or letting a property. The incoming resident must be given this document. The EPC shows the energy rating of the property at the date the assessment was carried out. Your estate agent, solicitor and your letting agent will require this document.
If you haven’t moved houses in the last 10 years, or new to renting you may suddenly find that you’ve asked to provide an EPC.
You can either click on the video on the left where Steph explains what an EPC is or continue reading below.
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The most common reasons you will require an EPC are:
If you are selling a property
If you are renting out a property
If you are remortgaging a property
To make a financial claim on a government grant scheme such as the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) or the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
The EPC is a 3 to 5 page document that rates the property from an A the highest to a G the lowest.
For rental purposes to legally rent a property, the EPC must be at least an E rating. If it is an F or a G, the landlord must make energy efficient improvements to increase it to at least an E. We can give further advice in order to be compliant.
For house sales, the seller must simply provide the purchaser with the information for them to make their own decisions.
It will also give a summary of the type of heating, glazing, insulation and lighting is in the property and will give each of these items a guideline star rating.
The EPC will also list recommendations that can be made to the property that would make it more efficiency and cheaper to run. Please note that the EPC is not a condition report and does not aim to provide any information of the condition of any element.
The EPC will also give the estimated energy running cost of the home. These figures are based on what’s called average occupancy which is an average family for the size of property with typical heating patterns. In reality families can vary significantly in size and life styles, so this is only a guide line.
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