Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Energy performance certificates (EPC's) are needed whenever a property is Built, Sold or rented.

You must order an EPC for buyers/tenants before you market the property to sell or rent.

In Scotland, you must display the EPC somewhere in the property, eg in the meter cupboard or next to the boiler.

An EPC contains:

Information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs

Recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A  (most efficient) to G  (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EPC?

An EPC is an energy performance certificate records details about the current energy efficiency of a property, with recommendations on how to improve efficiency and save money.

 

Do I need an EPC to rent or sell my property?

A Valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required when a property is built, sold or rented.

Which properties do not require an EPC?

You don’t need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you can demonstrate that the building is any of these:

  • listed or officially protected and the minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter it

  • a temporary building only going to be used for 2 years or less

  • used as a place of worship or for other religious activities

  • an industrial site, workshop or non-residential agricultural building that doesn’t use much energy

  • a detached building with a total floor space under 50 square metres

  • due to be demolished by the seller or landlord and they have all the relevant planning and conservation consents

A building is also exempt if all of the following are true:

  • it’s due to be sold or rented out with vacant possession

  • it’s suitable for demolition and the site could be redeveloped

  • the buyer or tenant has applied for planning permission to demolish it

What is the minimum EPC certificate rating needed to sell my property?

There is currently no minimum EPC rating required if you intend to sell your property

What is the minimum EPC certificate rating needed to rent my property?

Current law states that a rental property must have an EPC rating of E or above.

What could happen if I choose not to get an EPC?

It is a legal obligation to have an EPC if required, and failure to acquire an EPC when you need to can result in penalties.

How long is an EPC Certificate valid for?

An EPC certificate is valid for 10 years.

What is the cost of an EPC?

£69 Fixed Fee