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Energy Performance Certificates explained

Everything you need to know about Domestic and Commercial EPCs

The chances are, if you are reading this section of our site you will be aware you will be needing an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) before you can legally advertise your house for sale or rent.

We have answered some of the most commonly asked questions below. You can also download our recent changes to EPC regulations pdf » for the most up to date changes introduced.

Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
As of December 14th 2007 all homes for sale or rent require an EPC.

Can I advertise my house without an EPC?
Yes, but only if you or your estate agent have already instructed a Domestic Energy Assessor. The law states that this should be paid for up front or you should obtain, in writing or by electronic email, proof of an instruction to carry out the EPC.

Who is responsible for ensuring your house has an EPC?
As of October 1st 2008 , home owners take full responsibility for ensuring they have an EPC. Make sure you take responsibility for getting your EPC as you could end up with a £200 fine. This has also now been extended to any Agent marketng the property as well.

When will I need my EPC?
You’ll need to have your EPC available:

  • when you have a viewing of your property
  • when written information is requested
  • when contracts are exchanged

Where do I have to display my EPC?
As a minimum requirement you will have to display your asset ratings graph from your EPC with your sales information if they contain two or more of the following:

  • A photograph of the building, inside or out
  • A floor plan of the building
  • A description of the size of the rooms in the building

What can happen to me if I don’t have an EPC?
If you or your Estate Agent are responsible for advertising the sale of your house then you are responsible for obtaining an EPC. If you don’t, you are liable to a £200 penalty fine which is charged for every day until you obtain one.

The EPC is the homeowners sole responsibility.

How long is an EPC valid for?
Your EPC is valid for 10 years but should you carry out any alterations to your property, we would recommend you obtain a new EPC to ensure your property is on the correct banding.

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