If you are selling, renting or building a property* then you are legally required to provide an EPC or 'Energy Performance Certificate'.
EPCs are conducted by qualified 'Domestic Energy Assessors' and they will need to visit the property to conduct a thorough assessment before producing the certificate.
EPCs must be supplied for both residential and non-residential buildings in the following circumstances:
If you are selling a property
It is the responsibility of the seller to supply an EPC to any potential buyer for which the seller is not permitted to charge the buyer.
If you are letting a property
If you are renting a property out in its entirety (i.e. you are not simply renting a spare room) then you are legally required to supply an EPC to the tenant at no charge.
If you are building a property
The developer must supply an EPC to the purchaser at no charge.
In all cases
- the EPC MUST be commissioned before marketing commences
- the EPC is to be completed using 'reasonable efforts' within 7 days of ordering
- if the EPC has not been completed in 7 days an extension for 21 days is allowed