An EPC provides an energy efficiency rating (A to G) similar to those on a fridge or washing machine with A being the most efficient (having a higher rating) and G being the least efficient (having a lower rating). A higher rating usually indicates that the heating bills will be lower. An EPC also gives recommendations on how to reduce energy use. EPCs usually form part of an estate agent’s sale particulars, whether in paper format, or, on online sites such as Rightmove. Read below to find out whether you need an EPC.
Do I need an EPC?
In England and Wales, an EPC is required for each residential property which is built, sold or rented. In England and Wales an EPC must be ordered BEFORE a property is marketed for sale or for rent. A fine may be charged if you do not obtain an EPC when you need one. An EPC remains valid for 10 years.
However, there are some properties which do not need an EPC. See https://www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home/energy-performance-certificates for more information.
You are able to view the EPC for other properties free of charge on the EPC Register either by using the property’s address or the report reference number. The EPC register can also be used to retrieve and EPC which has been lost.
For FAQs about the EPC register visit: https://www.epcregister.com/faq.html
How to find an accredited assessor
To find an accredited assessor visit https://www.epcregister.com/searchAssessor.html