EPC London FAQ

EPC London FAQ

Q: How long does an Energy Assessment take?

Our assessors will be at your property for approximately 30 mins to an hour. Again this depends on the size and the nature of the property.

Q: What does an EPC Certficate look like?

Here is an example for a EPC Certificate: EPC Certificate Sample

Q: Who is responsible for obtaining an EPC?

For buildings that are to be marketed for sale, the building’s owner is responsible; for buildings that are to be marketed for rent, it is the prospective landlord (both are referred to in the Regulations as the ‘relevant person’). This certificate should be shown, on request, to any prospective purchaser or tenant, and should in any case be provided by the owner to the ultimate purchaser before a contract for sale is made or tenancy arrangement has been agreed.

Q: How much will an EPC cost?

The price of an energy performance certificate varies according to the size, type and location of the property. Our EPC Certificate prices start from £45.00, click here for more information.

Q: Will an energy assessor have to visit the property?

For existing domestic properties, the accredited energy assessor must base the assessment on a visit. Where an assessment is based on the assessment of another representative apartment or unit, the accredited energy assessor will need to visit a sample of the apartments or units to verify that they are indeed representative. In other cases the assessor must visit the property if s/he has any concerns about the data and should expect to do so unless there is good reason not to.

Q: What happens if my home gets a low rating?

This simply indicates your home could be more energy efficient. During the inspection a number of recommendations to improve its energy efficiency will be identified (in the recommendation report which should accompany the EPC). Implementation of these could not only increase your rating and reduce carbon emissions, but also save money on energy bills. However, it is up to you whether you implement the recommendations or not; the Regulations do not impose a legal duty on you to do so.

Q: What are the benefits to me as a seller or landlord?

A higher energy rating should make a building with a higher rating more marketable than one with a lower rating. The rating indicates to a prospective buyer or tenant how energy efficient your building is and a more energy efficient building is less costly to run. Also, the recommendation report should also provide information that may help to reduce the running cost of the property even further.

Q: Is an EPC required where a tenant reassigns a lease to a third party?

Yes. It is the responsibility of the seller or landlord offering the accommodation for sale or let to make an EPC available for their building. A lease assignment would be considered to be a sale and the assignor should provide an EPC. The legal view is that it is the tenant, and not the landlord, who is selling their interest in the lease. The tenant effectively bought an interest in the lease when they took on the lease, and through the assignment, they are now selling their interest on.