Thursday, 5 March 2015

Energy Performance Certificate

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) were originally introduced as part of the Home Information Pack (HIP) required to market your property, since the HIP was suspended in May 2010 the EPC was to remain a mandatory requirement. When putting your property up for sale or rent you must have an up to date Energy Performance Certificate and it is required for any property with a tenancy commencing on or after 1st October 2008.

Visually the EPC is the colour coded chart you see on property details listed by estate agents, it is usual practice for your estate agent to make the arrangements for the EPC to be carried out with your instruction. The chart is split into 'Energy Performance Rating' and 'Environmental (CO2) Impact Rating' both rated A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Also included in the certificate document is information on the property's energy use and typical cost along with recommendations on how reduce energy use and save money. It is valid for 10 years unless any changes are made that can effect the rating i.e insulation, double glazing or a new boiler.

Having this information readily available is all well and good, providing that extra bit of information for potential buyers and tenants on the energy efficiency of a property. But I have often wondered why there has never been a requirement in place for what rating the property should be at or above, especially for rental property. Then what was released a couple of weeks ago....

As of 1st April 2018 all rental property must have a minimum rating of at least an E. This new stipulation means that any property rented out with a rating of F or G is illegal. This could be a costly rule to adherer to for most landlords so my advice is to put a plan in place now to budget for any work that needs carrying out to bump up the EPC rating to an E or above. Don't leave it too late or it will cost you more in the long run!

If you need an Energy Performance Certificate please contact us Beth Alexandra Property Specialists 01344 771278 or email

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