If you’re putting your property on the market to sell or rent, you’ll need an EPC report. The Energy Performance Certificate must be completed within 28 days of a property entering the market, to be made available to the user or occupant no later than whenever written information is being provided about the property.
The report itself will contain details of the property’s energy efficiency, and examines key items such as loft insulation, domestic boilers, hot water tanks, radiators, windows for double glazing, and so on, and also details the current energy efficiency and carbon emissions. With this necessity out of the way, you’ll be able to go on with the important business of selling or renting out your property.
Why Do I Need an Energy Performance Certificate?
The long and the short of the matter is, it’s the law. That said, there’s no need to make the process of getting an Energy Performance Certificate a chore. You’ll be able to arrange your appointment at a time that precisely suits your needs, and with so much to do to get your property ready to enter the market, this flexibility can be vitally important. We’ve got a whole team of fully certified and experienced professionals who’ll give you a precise report with no hassle and no fuss.
What if I Don’t Need an EPC?
The only circumstances where you won’t need an Energy Performance Certificate is when the property is:
- Being rented, built or sold to be a place of worship
- A temporary building with a planned lifespan of less than two years
- An entirely detached building that isn’t a dwelling and that has a total floor area of less than 50m2
- An industrial site, workshop or a non-residential agricultural building with a low energy demand
- A building for sale or rent that is due to be demolished
What if My Building is Sub-Divided?
When you’re sub-dividing a building:
- Selling or letting a building as a whole: You need an EPC for the whole building. If that building has parts designed or altered to be used separately with separate heating systems then it’s also permissible to provide EPCs for each of the individual parts, plus an EPC for any communal areas.
- Selling or letting part of a building, where the building has a common heating system: If a building has a common heating system, then the seller or prospective landlord can prepare an EPC for the whole building or for the individual part designed or altered to be used separately (in which case communal areas are ignored).
- Buildings with separate parts and heating systems: An EPC should be prepared (or made available) for each part of a building that is being offered separately for sale or let. If selling or letting the whole building it’s permissible to provide EPCs for each of the individual parts, plus an EPC for the conditioned communal areas or provide one EPC for the whole building.
- Residential accommodation: Any separate residential accommodation that is self- contained will require its own domestic EPC.
What Happens if I Don’t Have an Energy Performance Inspection in London?
The penalty for failing to make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant when selling or letting non-dwellings is fixed, in most cases, at 12.5% of the rateable value of the building, subject to a minimum penalty of £500 and a maximum of £5,000. There is a default penalty of £750 where the formula cannot be applied. The EPC will still be required in this case.
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