I am a Landlord and been told I need an EPC, what on earth is an EPC?
Updated: Aug 30, 2019
Another very common question that many new Landlords and those looking to sell their property often ask us. Let us try and simplify what an EPC, Energy Performance Certificate, Landlord Certificate or whatever you want to call it is!
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) shows a representation of the energy efficiency levels and CO2 emissions of a building. The table goes from A to G with A being very efficient and G being very inefficient. Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in England and Wales late in 2007 and have become a legal requirement. A property must have an EPC before it is sold or rented out.
An EPC is valid for 10 years after which it needs to be renewed again. Many properties which had an EPC done close to 2007 now require a new EPC. If you want the lowest fuel bills then your property needs to be an ultra efficient band A. Anything below an E requires improvements. Most properties in the UK fall in bands D-E
The EPC not only gives you the band rating but also provides recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of your property to save money and help our wonderful environment which is being hit hard with recent climate changes.
In April 2018 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards have made it a legal requirement for all privately owned properties to have an 'E' rating before they are sold out or let. Failure in abiding by these regulations can attract fines of up to £4000.
Here at 'The EPC Guy' we specialise in providing Energy Performance Certificates to homes in Bradford, Leeds, Halifax, Bingley, Keighley, Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Birmingham. Book online or call us. Our services are available 7 days a week at a time that suits you.