An Energy Performance Certificate is required for properties when constructed, sold or let. The Energy Performance Certificate provides details on the energy performance of the property and what you can do to improve it.
You must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent.
An EPC contains:
information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs
recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.
Minimum Energy Standards 2018
residential properties will require a minimum energy performance rating (EPC) of E before they can be legally let.
The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.
Landlords with substandard properties will have to carry out works to improve the EPC to a rating of E or above, or face penalties of up to £4,000. However, only appropriate, permissible and cost-effective improvements will be required under the regulations.
Landlords letting properties with an EPC rating of F or G may be liable to pay large fines from April 2018