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Responsibility for providing the EPC lies with the "relevant person" when building, renting out or selling a property. For newly built dwellings the relevant person is the builder. When letting a rental property this is the landlord. For the sale of a privately owned property it means the person selling the property.
In the past, if you were selling your home you would have to provide a home information pack (HIP). This is no longer required but you now legally have to provide an EPC. This page should help you to understand more about EPC's, and what to look out for.
Yes you can. Providing you have provisionally booked an appointment for a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) to come round and assess your home for energy efficiency. You can book them yourself or get your estate agent to book one. If you are planning to market your house before you have an EPC, be sure that you have written proof that an assessor has been booked as you could be fined £200 per instance.
The EPC is the responsibility of the home owner-seller. If you or your estate agent market your home without an EPC there would be a penalty fine of £200 repeatable for each day you home is marketed without the EPC (see exception above)
Make sure before you market your home you have an EPC or a booked appointment with a DEA. Estate agents would love to market your house, however without an EPC they would also be liable for a penalty fine and they would automatically be reported to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
If you - or your estate agent - is responsible for actively marketing your home, there is pain in store for not obtaining an EPC: £200 penalty fine (repeatable for each day). The EPC, however, is the sole responsibility of the home-seller, though it would make for a daft estate agent to expose you to a penalty fine by negligently marketing your home without an EPC (because they too would kop for a fine). Estate agents are automatically reported to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for continued naughtiness, leading to a banning order. But despite these risks, some agents are seemingly willing to cut corners just to have your property on their shelves, rather than competitors. Be aware.
The EPC shows the energy efficiency rating (relating to running costs) of a dwelling. The rating is shown on an A-G rating scale similar to those used for refrigerators and other electrical appliances. A sample of an EPC can be found on the right of this page.
The EPC includes recommendations on how to improve the dwelling's energy efficiency. There is no statutory requirement to carry out any of the recommended energy efficiency measures stated. The EPC also includes information showing which of these measures would be eligible for finance under the Green Deal scheme, if they were to be carried out. More information on the Green Deal can be found at www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures/green-deal
If you are thinking of marketing your house for sale, you will by law now require an (EPC) Energy Performance Certificate. You now have a legal obligation to have an EPC. Click below for more information.
If you are thinking of marketing your house to rent, you will by law now require an (EPC) Energy Performance Certificate. You now have a legal obligation to have an EPC. Click below for more information. .