What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an energy assessment of a property. It identifies any strengths or weaknesses relating to Energy Efficiency and also outlines areas of the property that may be improved to increase its energy efficiency.
How long will it take to compile?
The assessment usually takes about 40mins on site at the property and then a further period of time on a computer to enter the relevant information obtained from the property by the assessor on his or her visit. The Energy Certificate produced is then delivered “electronically” to both you and your nominated estate agent or Solicitor (if applicable). We can arrange for you to receive a “paper copy” of the report if required for a small extra charge.
When can the property be marketed with my estate agent?
The property can be legally marketed by your Estate Agent once you have commissioned an EPC. There is then a further period of 21days to ensure the certificate is lodged with the Estate Agent to allow them to market the property legally. We will inform the estate agent on the same day as our visit to the site to confirm this to them and allow them to market the property the same day.
How does the client get a copy of the EPC?
Once the report has been completed and Lodged with HM Government the client will receive the EPC electronically (usually the same day). All EPC’s are lodged with HM Government on their accredited web site at:
Each EPC has a certificate number located in the top right hand corner of the certificate and when this number is inserted on the site and the instructions followed you can recover any certificate Free of Charge.
How long is the Certificate valid for?
EPC’s are presently valid for a period of 10 years from the date of completion in line with EEC Regulations but HM Government have indicated that this present legislation is under review and updates due Sept 11 will possibly reduce this period of validity down to 3yrs from the date of completion. This is to be confirmed.
What is a Landlords Inventory Report?
This is a fully documented electronic report of the contents of a property prior to occupation by a Tenant. The report is a Digital record of all items in a property on the commencement of the tenancy agreement and is a binding legal document.