An EPC is a five-page document that contains information about a property and how efficiently it uses energy. It is produced using a standard layout and uses standardized measures, usage patterns and performance criteria to enable properties of all shapes and sizes, ages and configurations to be compared objectively in terms of a) their energy consumption and b) their impact on the environment.
Your EPC commitments as a Landlord
You are responsible for supplying an EPC whenever a property is let to a new tenant.
Energy Performance Certificates are valid for ten years and can be reused as many times as needed in the ten year time span.
An Energy Performance Certificate must be made available for free to any prospective tenant when looking to let the property. When the very first correspondence is made the EPC should be available and you can not enter in to a contract without one.
You do not need to obtain an EPC for any property that was rented before October 2008 which is still occupied by the same tenant from that date.
Information about the EPC Inspection
When you book an EPC you will need to choose an accredited Energy Assessor.
All Just EPC Assessors are accredited, polite and well mannered. Because we keep dairies of all our Assessors you get to book an appointment time that suits you.
Our Assessors will then call you to introduce themselves and make the arrangements to visit the property to carry out the inspection.
The inspection involves internal and external measurements, types of boiler/heating used in the property and details about the construction. The Assessor may need to take photos of the property and will need access to all the rooms.
As a guideline, an assessment on a one bed flat can take between 25-30 minutes and a 3-5 bed property can take up to 60 minutes.
Preparation for the EPC assessment
The Assessor will need to know several details about the property to carry out an accurate assessment.
The year the property was built in, you can find this out by looking at your deeds.
If any extension or alterations have been made to the property
Is the property double glazed and any supporting certificates
Information about wall cavities and any other insulation
Boiler and hot water cylinders with year of installation and and any manuals
The room the thermostats and heating timers are located in
The location of the gas and electricity meters
The heating fuel used to heat the property
The Assessor will record the information and will input the assessment details into the lodgement