When it comes to buying, selling, renting or building a property in the UK, the one thing that is mandatory is an EPC certificate. Without an EPC you may find it difficult to sell or rent your property. This is because it has been made mandatory by the law for almost all domestic and commercial properties in the UK to have an Energy Performance Certificate. EPC serves as an important guide to the buyers which provides them important information on the energy efficiency of the property and other related details.
What does an EPC Certificate Contain?
An EPC contains the following:
- Details about the energy efficiency of the property.
- The estimated cost of running the property.
- Recommendations on how to cut down on the energy consumption and save money.
An EPC rates a property based on its energy efficiency on a scale of A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The certificate is valid for 10 years.
Properties that don’t need an EPC
The list includes:
- Places of worship.
- Temporary buildings (will be used not more than 2 years.)
- Stand-Alone buildings with floor space, not more than 50 square meters.
- Industrial sites, agricultural buildings, and workshops that don’t consume much energy.
- Buildings that is due to be demolished.
- Residential buildings that are to be used not more than 4 months a year.
- Holiday accommodations that are rented out for not more than 4 months a year.
If your property falls into the category of the above mentioned list, you need not worry about applying for an EPC.
In short, whether you are planning on selling your property or not, you should definitely apply for an EPC because if nothing at all, it will at least help you to cut down on the cost of energy bills. So, instead of delaying you should apply as soon as possible.