Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is:
You must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent.
An EPC contains
information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs
recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient)
Does my property need an EPC?
Yes. From 1st October 2008, all buildings, whether residential, commercial or industrial, will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that is no more than 10 years old, for every occasion when they are bought, sold, or rented. The requirement for such certificates will come into force for all premises when they are let after 1st October 2008.
Landlords and agents need to have an EPC within seven days or marketing a property or risk getting a penalty from Trading Standards.
If you have a lodger an EPC is not required.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
An EPC shows the efficiency and environmental impact of your property. It is rated on a scale, showing the current rating and the potential rating.
How can I improve the rating?
The report will come with some recommendations on how the rating can be improved.
As a rough guide general improvement listed below can make a big difference:-