Is an EPC a legal requirement?
An EPC is a legal requirement and you must have one before you begin the process of selling your home. In most cases, it can be arranged by your estate agent. It can also be done directly through specialist assessors.
Depending on the size of the property, the charge for an EPC assessment and certificate can be anywhere from £55 to £120.
The certificate must then be made available to prospective buyers, free of charge. It also goes on the national EPC Register, where it can be easily accessed.
If you don’t have an EPC and you need one, you could be fined up to £200.
As of 1 April 2018, all private rental properties in the UK must have an Energy Performance Certificate with a minimum rating of E. Without this, landlords won’t be allowed to rent out their properties to new tenants or renew existing rental contracts. They could also face a fine of up to £4,000.
There are exemptions to the EPC requirement, however, such as:
- resident landlords who only let out a room
- listed buildings
- places of worship
- holiday homes let out for less than four months of a year