Energy Performance Certificates – everything you need to know

If you’re thinking about selling your house or flat, you need to make sure that you have an Energy Performance Certificate. This is a legally required document that summarises the energy efficiency of your home and is a vital piece of information for prospective buyers.

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The top three questions we get about Energy Performance Certificates

Because we speak to so many homeowners on a regular basis, we’re often asked many questions about EPCs. Here are the three that we get the most frequently:

✅ Why do I have to get an EPC before I can sell my home?

Because it’s a legally binding requirement. Although EPCs were introduced as part of the Home Information Packs that have since been abolished, the government retained the requirement that most homes being sold must have an EPC prior to sale.

✅ Do I risk any penalties if I try to sell my home without an EPC?

Yes. It’s against the law to attempt selling your house or flat without an up-to-date EPC, and you can be fined for trying to sell if you don’t have this certificate.

✅ I have an EPC that's more than 10 years old, can I use that to sell my home?

No. EPCs that are over a decade old are considered out of date and you’ll be required to obtain a new one before you can sell your home. Thankfully, they are relatively easy to get by contacting an accredited assessor to review and rate your home for a fee.

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