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Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required whenever a property is built, sold or rented. You are legally obliged to order an EPC for potential tenants before you market your property to rent. 

If your property is in Scotland, you must display the EPC somewhere in the property, e.g in the meter cupboard or next to the boiler. It's important to note you can be fined if you don’t get an EPC when you need one.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs, as well as recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.

Under current legislation in England and Wales, all properties new to let require an EPC certificate with an E rating or higher.

Do all Buildings need an EPC?

Buildings that don’t need an EPC

These include:

  • places of worship
  • temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years
  • stand-alone buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50 square metres
  • industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy
  • some buildings that are due to be demolished
  • holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy
  • listed buildings - you should get advice from your local authority conservation officer if the work would alter the building’s character
  • residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year

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