An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a rating scheme that measures the energy efficiency of a property. Since October 2008, all rental properties in England and Wales have required an Energy Performance Certificate. When an energy performance inspection has been carried out, a property is given a rating between A-G depending on its efficiency (‘A’ being the most efficient and ‘G’ being the least). However, for landlords, the law states that all tenancies must have a minimum energy rating of ‘E’. And if caught out, the penalty for not having a valid EPC is £5,000 however this is increasing to a staggering £30,000 from 2025.
What is checked for on an EPC?
When your assessor has performed a full inspection, they will put together an EPC and grade your property’s energy performance. An example of some of the things an assessor will take a look at are:
- Roofs, walls, and insulation
- Boilers and heating systems
- The year the property was built
- Renewable energy devices (solar panels or wind turbines)
- Building measurements
Is an EPC certificate a legal requirement for landlords
Yes, all landlords must have a valid EPC certificate for all properties. And it is the responsibility of the landlord or property owner to obtain an EPC certificate whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. All landlords must have an Energy Performance Certificate for potential buyers or tenants before marketing properties to sell or let.
How do I get an Energy Performance Certificate?
First, you must find an accredited assessor to evaluate your property and produce the certificate.
Landlords with properties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland should look here: https://www.epcregister.com/searchAssessor.html
Those with properties in Scotland can find an assessor here: https://www.scottishepcregister.org.uk/assessorsearch
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