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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

What is an EPC?

An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is a report on the energy performance of a property. It is produced in accordance with the requirements of the European Union directive 2002/91/EC. A report is produced which includes an Energy Efficiency Rating, similar to that found on domestic appliances. Measuring the overall efficiency of a home on an A to G scale, the report also indicates the potential rating should low cost measures be undertaken.
The reports are based on standard occupancy patterns enabling comparisons to be made between one property and another. The energy performance related features are also assessed 'very good/good/average/ poor or very poor', and provides recommendations as to what measures can be undertaken to improve the energy performance of the property and ideas of the approximate costs.

Do I need an EPC?

The Regulations state that if you are offering any accommodation for sale or let (this includes sub-letting), you will need to make an EPC available that reflects the energy performance of the property on offer.
An EPC should be provided to a prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity and no later than when a viewing is conducted or when written information is provided about the property, or in any event before entering into a contract to sell or let.
As a seller or landlord you are responsible for ensuring there is an EPC available for the property being sold or let, even if an agent or other service organization is acting on your behalf.
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