Are EPC's a legal requirement?

Selling your house with an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is legally required whenever a property is advertised for sale or rent (subject to exceptions e.g. listed buildings). Housesimple can arrange the EPC for you giving you one less thing to worry about. Once ordered our local Domestic Energy Assessor will contact you within 2 working days to arrange a suitable time to assess your property.

All "reasonable efforts" must be made to ensure that an EPC is obtained within 7 days of marketing the property. (Where it has not been secured during that period, there is an absolute duty to obtain it within 21 days of the end of that period.)

What is an EPC?

An EPC gives Home Owners, Tenants and prospective buyers an assessment of a property performance rating in terms of its energy efficiency and environmental impact, to help reduce CO2 output.

EPCs assess buildings by giving them a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from 'A' to 'G', where 'A' is the best and with the average to date being D/E.

EPC's were originally part of the Home information pack (HIP), however the requirement for a HIP was suspended on 21 May 2010. The energy performance certificate was retained.

How long does an EPC last?

An EPC is valid for 10 years. For more information call us on 0845 6039909 or email info@housesimple.com

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