Does everyone need an EPC?
The EPC is required by law when a building is constructed, sold or put up for rent. Once you have an EPC for a home, it’s valid for three years.
Sellers or buyers of homes
All sellers of homes need to ensure that they provide a Home Information Pack (HIPs) which includes an EPC for potential buyers. An EPC must be made available to a potential homebuyer – free of charge.
An EPC needs to be provided to buyers of newly built properties.
If you are a landlord, you’ll need to make an EPC available to prospective tenants the first time you let a home after 1 October 2008. An EPC is only required for a property which is self-contained, and is valid for 10 years.
An EPC isn’t required when a tenant rents a room and shares facilities.
If you are interested in renting a property then an EPC must be made available to you free of charge. An EPC is only required for a property which is self-contained, and is valid for 10 years. If you are a prospective tenant, an EPC isn’t required when you rent a room and share facilities.
If you are not in one of the above categories
Even if you do not fall into the above categories, you can still apply for and receive an EPC. This may be because you want to know what the energy efficiency of your home is, and make improvements suggested by the recommendation report
Will EPCs be needed across the UK?
EPCs only apply to England and Wales. Northern Ireland and Scotland are producing their own regulations.
How do you get an EPC?
EPCs can only be produced as a result of a survey by an ‘accredited’ Domestic Energy Assessor. EPCs are used to collect standard information on the property – for example, its size and hot water/heating systems. The information is then fed into a government approved software programme which produces the EPC.