Do I need an EPC when selling a house?
An EPC is required by law when you build, sell or rent a
property. This must be obtained from a government accredited surveyor before
you market your property. If you are unsure on whether your home already has a
valid certificate, you can check online through this link.
If the certificate has expired, you will need to commission
a new one before you can list your property. If you are using an estate agent,
they should be able to advise on how to obtain or renew the EPC. Here at
Spearhead, we are more than happy to guide you through the process and give advice
EPCs are an extremely useful tool when marketing your
property as it informs the potential buyer of the possible energy costs, its
carbon footprint and advises on how to improve its efficiency.
The buyer’s solicitor will request an EPC during the
conveyancing period, and if it is not produced (or has expired) the vendor can
face a hefty penalty fine.
Do you need an EPC if selling privately?
Regardless of whether you are selling or renting your home
through an agent, or marketing it yourself, you will still require a valid EPC.
There are thousands of government accredited surveyors in the UK, all of which
will be able to discuss the process and talk you through what needs to happen
next. If you are still unsure, why not contact Spearhead. We have surveyors all
over the UK who are able to
When Do I Need and EPC
Whenever you are building, selling or letting a property,
you must have a valid EPC. This is required by law, and if you do not present
one to the new tenants/buyers, you can face a hefty fine. The only exception to
this is if your property is listed.
There have also been great changes to the EPC regulation
affecting landlords which came in to affect on 1st April 2020.
Rental properties with an energy efficiency rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ can not
lawfully be let out to tenants until improvements have been made to improve the
rating such as new windows, doors an insulation.
We believe that this is a great amendment as it ensures
tenants are receiving the quality levels they deserve and not finding
themselves having to pay extoriate energy costs. It is also beneficial for the
landlord to make these changes. It protects the property in the long run, and
means that during period when the property is vacant, the landlord isn’t paying
the same high energy costs as before.
Does my house have an EPC?
It is very simple to find out if your property has a valid
EPC. Simple click this link and put in your property details. If you can not
find your property, it is highly likely that the relevant EPC has expired and
you will need to request a new one; your estate agent can also double check
this and advise on the next steps.
How Long Does an EPC last?
An EPC lasts for up to 10 years. If you have a
valid EPC you can market your home right away. However, if you have updated
your home during this time, or made improvements to its efficiency, it is a
great idea to obtain an up to date version, as this can be a real sticking
point for many buyer. Requesting a new EPC can cost as little as £49 and so is
a small price to pay for attracting a higher