EPC needs to be ordered before marketing can commence
From 1st October 2008, all rental properties within England and Wales will be required to have an EPC before they are marketed for re let or a new tenancy. The EPC will remain valid for ten years. There will be a penalty for non-compliance of up to £5,000 for agents and £200 per day for landlords.
An EPC should be provided to a prospective tenant at the earliest opportunity. This should be no later than when a viewing is conducted, or when written information is provided about the building, or in any event before entering into a contract. Therefore we need to have an EPC in place in order to market the property. Aston Knight can arrange this for you if you wish or you can provide an EPC for us to use.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC. Find out what EPCs look like and what they contain.
An Example of an EPC Certificate
An Energy Performance Certificate will contain information on the following
- Information on your home’s energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.
- A recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.
Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is ‘D’. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties. Around 27 per cent of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from domestic homes. Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change.