Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

Did you know that buildings produce nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions? That’s almost twice that of cars and planes. The way a building is constructed, insulated, heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, all contribute to its carbon emissions.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required when any building is sold, rented out or constructed and for certain refurbishments.

EPCs give information on a building's energy efficiency in a sliding scale from 'A' (very efficient) to 'G' (least efficient). Every EPC also has a recommendations report showing how you could improve the rating and make the property more attractive to tenants.

This guide is aimed at private residential landlords. It explains when EPCs are required by law, what an energy inspection involves, how you can prepare and what financial assistance is available if you want to improve the energy rating of your properties. You can also find out how to obtain multiple EPCs if you have several similar properties.

What an Energy Performance Certificate is

Private residential landlords are legally required to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when renting out a home to new tenants.

An EPC gives information about a property's energy efficiency. You must give a copy to prospective tenants when they view a property, when they ask for any written information about a property and before any rental contract is signed. It remains valid for ten years and can be used for all new tenants in that period.

EPCs are required for self-contained properties only. They are not necessary when a tenant rents a room and shares facilities.



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