What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) gives information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. By law all homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.

Failure to Comply?

If you choose not to have an EPC issued where appropriate, trading standards officers have the right to issue a fixed penalty notice of £200 for domestic properties. Tenants who have had one completed but have not received an EPC have the right to contact trading standards and report the discrepancy.

How long does an EPC last?

The Energy performance certificate (EPC) is valid for 10 years for rental properties

How long does an EPC assessment take?

An EPC takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes for a typical 3 bed house. Complex properties with one or more extensions can take longer and smaller less complex properties may take less time.

From appointment commencement time, we will aim to provide you with an Energy Performance Certificate within 24 hours.

What’s involved in the EPC assessment procedure?

The assessment and assessor will take into consideration:

Heating type

Hot water provision

Structure Characteristics of the building including walls, floors, roof type and age

Glazing type present

Dimensions of the property including floor area and floor heights

Will my EPC be invalid if I carry out changes to the property?

No. You will need to point out any changes to the new tenant or purchaser. If the changes are significant you may consider getting the certificate renewed

Will you need to lift up any floorboards?

The EPC assessment is a visual inspection only and therefore there is no need to remove or move fixtures.

I am yet to find a tenant or not sure about selling. Can I still have an EPC?

You canarrange an EPC at any time. You will instantly benefit from finding out how good your home is in terms of generating and retaining the heat energy used and what improvements could be made to reduce your energy bills. Also when you are ready to sell or you find a tenant the document will already be in your possession.

Are we CRB Checked?

Yes ALL accredited DEA’s are checked with the Criminal Records Bureau.

Are we insured?

Yes, as our energy assessors are accredited with Stroma, Elm Hurst and Northgate we are provided with Public Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.