Why do I need an Energy Performance Certificate?

Our lawyer, Katharine Marshall, explains how to get an Energy Performance Certificate for your property, and why they are necessary
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Question: I am thinking about selling my flat and have been advised that I need to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate. What is this, why is it important and what will happen if I don’t obtain one?

Answer: An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) shows how energy-efficient a building is. The building’s energy level is rated between A to G, with A being very energy-efficient and G being the lowest.

When selling or renting out a property, the owner is required to produce an EPC to prospective buyers/tenants, allowing them to compare the energy efficiency of buildings.

An EPC is accompanied by a recommendation report which provides suggestions on
how to improve the building’s performance. Each certificate lasts for 10 years. To obtain an EPC you will need to contact an accredited domestic energy assessor who will then come to your home and carry out an assessment.

This typically costs between £100 and £300. Failure to provide an EPC will mean that a seller will be subject to a penalty which for residential premises is a fine of £200 per day.

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If you have a question for Katharine Marshall please email legalsolutions@standard.co.uk, or write to: Legal Solutions, Homes & Property, Evening Standard, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5EE.

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Katharine is a solicitor and director at Pitmans Solicitors (www.pitmans.com).

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