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What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) measures the energy efficiency of a property on a scale of A-G. Learn more below about your legal requirements and whether you need an EPC.

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It’s a legal requirement

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a guide that would-be buyers or tenants get when they are looking at a property. EPCs tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). EPCs let the person who will use the building know how costly it will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.

As a general rule, an EPC is required every time a home is put up for sale or for rent. New laws mean EPC Regulations make it illegal to let residential or commercial properties with an EPC Rating of “F” or “G”, the lowest grades of energy efficiency. So, a newly constructed home will have one, a landlord will need one to show potential tenants, and a seller must have one to show to potential buyers.

What is an EPC?

An EPC assesses the energy performance of a property, from “A” representing the most energy efficient property to “G” representing the least energy efficient property.

It must be carried out by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor and will also show a building’s environmental impact by indicating its carbon dioxide emissions. The assessor looks at factors such as the wall, floor and roof insulation, boiler efficiency, and even the type of light bulbs in use. All EPCs can be found on the national register accessible here.

How long is an EPC valid for?

A valid EPC will last for 10 years and can be used for multiple tenancies within that period so long as the rating is not F or G. This is because from 1st April 2018 any property let on a new tenancy or a fixed term renewal of tenancy must have a minimum EPC rating of E or higher. A new EPC should be arranged for a rental property as soon as an existing certificate expires to maintain a valid EPC at all times.

How do I get more information on EPC's?

For more information on EPCs in England and Wales, visit the EPC pages at Directgov.

For more information on EPCs in Northern Ireland, visit NI direct and see the Department of Finance office’s information on EPCs.

If you are in Scotland, only organisations approved by the Scottish Government can produce valid EPCs. Visit the Scottish Government website to find a list of approved EPC organisations. For more information on Home Reports in Scotland, including EPCs, please visit the Scottish Government’s Home Report pages.

If you are selling your home through a selling agent, you should ask them to arrange for a Home Report (which will include an Energy Report and EPC) to be made.

Energy Reports can only be produced by chartered surveyors registered with RICs.

Edward Mellor’s Survey Team are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – ensuring every inspection is completed to the highest possible standards. Our Survey team can help you so get in touch with our team today on 0161 443 4580, or email us at [email protected].

Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

Yes. It is a legal requirement to have a valid EPC for a property when marketing for sale and/or lettings. There are exemptions for certain property types, and all exemptions have to be registered on the national register. Each registered exemption is valid for five years.

In addition, from 1st April 2018, any property let on a new tenancy or a fixed term renewal must meet the new minimum EPC rating of E or higher. As EPCs only last for 10 years and became compulsory in 2008, it is important to check that your EPC is still valid and the rating is E or higher.

From 1st April 2020, it will not be possible to let any domestic property that has an EPC rating of F or G. Furthermore, if a landlord wants to back possession of a property let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy it is legally necessary to have a valid EPC before serving notice on a tenant.

How much does an EPC cost?

The cost of an EPC depends on the type and size of your property. But generally speaking, the cost is somewhere between £75 – £150 including VAT. 

How do I order an EPC?

The process for ordering your EPC couldn’t be more simple. Simply give us a call on 0161 443 4580 or submit the form below and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss it further.

From here we can get a member of our surveyor team out – at a time to suit you – to come and take a look at your properties energy performance. Once completed it them only takes our Surveyors around 3 days to get the report completed and confirmed.  Your EPC is now completed and will last 10 years!

3 easy steps to get your EPC Rating

Get started today by calling us on 0161 443 4580 or by completing the form below.

1. Get in touch

Need some more information? Speak to a member of our team about EPC’s and let us answer any questions you may have.

2. Book an EPC Survey

Once you’re happy you can book an EPC Survey with an expert Surveyor. This is at a time and date to suit you. 

3. Get your EPC!

Once we’ve visited the property it only takes 3 days for us to create the report and send it to you. Your EPC is now complete!