- Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) are legally required to have been commissioned prior to being eligible to market the property with an estate agent.
- There is no need for you to get the Estate Agent / Letting Agent to complete the EPC on your behalf – a licenced independent qualified assessor can provide the same document far cheaper !!!
- The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) belongs to your property!! as the purchaser and will remain valid even if you decide to change your estate agent if you’re not happy with their service. The Certificate applies to the Property and not you as an individual.
- Fully compliant Inventory ‘Check Ins’ and ‘Check Outs’ are legally submissable in a court of Law.
- Fully compliant 2D & 3D Floor plans are known to add value to possible sales of properties. Over 60% of properties have more visits via Right Move if they have a Floor Plan attached to the sales marketing.
- Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (CEPCs) are required by all Landlords if they are selling or renting Commercial Premises.
- All of our assessors are fully qualified with the appropriate ABBE qualifications and certified members of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
- All of our Assessors are fully CRB checked on a regular basis before being allowed to receive their Licence from HM Government.
Information for Landlords and Letting Agents
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
In April 2016, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 brought into force Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the residential and commercial Private Rented Sector (PRS).
Landlords must act to ensure that their housing stock is up to the required standards, especially in the case of commercial properties where change can take significantly longer to action.
From April 2018, domestic and non-domestic private rented properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an ‘E’ will require some energy efficiency improvements. Should Landlords fail to comply, they could face some heavy financial penalties. Landlords and their agents if unsure of where they stand should start by commissioning an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate which will identify the current rating (which may have changed over time), and recommend opportunities for improvement.
The government has also expressed their wish to raise the standard further such that the minimum standard is likely to rise further to a ‘D’ rating by 2025 and a ‘C’ rating by 2030.
Since October 1st 2008 all properties offered for sale or rental are required to have an EPC. This extension into the rental market has a significant impact. Any property undergoing a change of tenant since October 1st 2008 LEGALLY require an EPC which must be produced and shown to any prospective tenant.
What’s changed? from April 1st 2019
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015, previously provided a ‘no cost to landlords’ provision which allowed landlords to register a ‘no cost to landlord’ exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register. This exemption was used by landlords who were unable to make improvements to their property without impacting their own finances.
However, from the 1st April 2019 this provision will be removed which means that when third party funding (ECO, Green Deal, Grants etc) is unavailable, landlords will be required to fund improvements themselves.
Those who registered a ‘no cost to landlords’ exemption prior to the 1st April 2019, will also see their exemption period reduced from five years, with landlords now required to make the necessary improvements by April 2020.
“Best Practice” for Landlords is to include the EPC in any Tenancy Agreement.
From 1st April 2018 Landlords are required to ensure any properties they have for rental have an EPC rating of at Least E or above to be compliant with Local Authority Rules / Fines may apply if this is not adhered to.