Energy Performance Certificate

An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC have become almost instantly recognisable on many estate agents websites and listings in recent years. But many people are still confused by them or do not understand what they show.

At Home Estate we like to make sure everything is clear and simple for our clients and so below we explain what an EPC is, how you get one and why you need it.

An EPC is required by law for all homeowners and landlords who wish to sell or let their property. Each certificate is valid for ten years after its issue date.

Who carries out the EPC?

A survey is needed for an EPC to be issued as is carried out by an assessor who must visit the property to inspects key aspects of the property, such as any loft insulation, your domestic boiler and hot water tank, efficiency of radiators and the condition of your windows. All these aspects are contributors to your energy efficiency and therefore your EPC rating.

The assessor will input all these observations and calculations into a software programme, which then calculates your EPC rating. An estimation of household bills (something which potential buyers find very useful). An EPC certificate also produces a Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives rating which is required if you wish to install some sort of renewable heat source in your home such as solar thermal collectors.

A fee is payable for the survey, usually around the £60 – £70 mark (this varies dependent on the size and type of property you own).

The EPC rates your home’s energy efficiency on a scale from A to G. ‘A’ being the most energy efficient and consequently the lowest energy bills. The least efficient is band ‘G’. The majority of homes in the Medway Towns are found to be in bands D and E.

 

Do I need a EPC now?

As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018. Along with all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption. A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.

If you need any help, guidance or want to sort out an EPC contact Home Estate today on:

01634 580157 or enquiries@homeestate.co.uk

 

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