Do you have property to let?
As a Landlord, there is a requirement in law to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your rental property.
Did you also know that, since 2018, it has been illegal to rent out or even to advertise a property to let, if it has an energy performance rating below Band ‘E’?
If your property has a rating below ‘E’, the law says that you will need to complete improvement work to raise the rating to an acceptable level before offering the property to let.
Do you have a property to sell?
You cannot market a property for sale without getting a valid EPC.
As you can see, it is vital to ensure that your property (to let or to sell) has a valid EPC, and that means putting the assessment and certification into the hands of a local, trusted supplier of EPC services – an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor from HouseCert.
What is an EPC?
EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate, and the certificate can only be issued following an assessment by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).
The Certificate is valid for 10 years, and will contain information about the property, such as:
- Energy usage and typical energy costs.
- The overall energy efficiency rating – G is least efficient; A is most efficient.
- A set of recommended actions to reduce energy usage (and save cost).
How can I get an EPC?
HouseCert offers local one-stop solutions for property Sellers, Landlords, Buyers and Estate Agents location across Cheshire, The Wirral and North Wales.
We are able to deliver a complete package of an Energy Performance Assessment, complete with a competitive quote for any improvement work that may be required to bring the property up to the required performance standard, and followed by an Energy Performance Certificate.
· Our locally-based and accredited Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) will carry out an Energy Performance Assessment, which will generally take around one hour (the time will vary according to the size and complexity of the building).
- If the assessment indicates that improvement work is needed, we can provide a competitive quote for the work to be delivered by our own qualified personnel.
- The report and the EPC can generally be issued within 24 hours, once the assessment (and improvement works) have been completed.
- Where more than one of our services is required, our aim is to combine all activities within a single visit, in order to minimise any disruption to Sellers or Tenants.
What happens on an Assessment?
The Domestic Energy Assessor will inspect and assess a number of aspects of the building which relate to energy usage. There are many different aspects, and the DEA will need access to all parts of the building, but in summary the main aspects include:
- The type of build (brick, breeze block etc).
- The heating system – fuel type, radiators, boiler type and model …
- Presence of loft and other insulation.
- Party walls and other construction zones.
- Heat loss potential of perimeter walls and windows.
Once the assessment is complete, the DEA will rate the property from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and will put forward recommended actions to improve the rating where necessary.
What is the impact of not having an EPC?
There is a requirement in law to have a valid EPC for all properties for sale or to let, and local authorities can ask Building Control (where the property is a new build) or Trading Standards (for existing builds) to act as enforcers. These bodies have the right to request to see your EPC.
If you fail to demonstrate that you have a valid certificate, the enforcers can issue a penalty charge – the penalty for lack of a certificate on a dwelling is currently £200.
What do I need to do next to get an EPC?
Simply call us on 01244 422101 to arrange a visit or get in touch via our contact form