An Energy Performance Certificate is a document which shows prospective buyers or tenants how energy efficient your property is. It also tells them how energy efficient it could be, and makes recommendations on improving the rating.
Ratings range from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient)
Do I need an EPC?
If you are selling or letting a property in Bradford, yes, although there are some exceptions to this (see below).
You should get an EPC when you decide to market your property. Landlords must have an EPC within 7 days of a property being marketed.
If you don’t have a current EPC you could face a fine.
How many EPCs do I need?
For single dwelling spaces (eg a house): 1
For self-contained flats or apartments: 1 per apartment
For shared houses (eg student or young professional accommodation): 1
What are the exceptions?
You don’t need an EPC in the following circumstances:
If you have a lodger
If the property is a bedsit, a place of worship or a hall of residence
If the property is a temporary building that will be used for less than 2 years
For some buildings due for demolition
For residential or holiday accommodation used for less than 4 months per year
Small buildings with a usable floor space of less than 50 square meters
Industrial or agricultural buildings that use little energy (ie unconverted barns)
Listed buildings – although other rules do apply
How can I improve my EPC energy rating?
Loft and cavity wall insulation, renewing or installing double/triple glazing and fitting low energy lighting can all help improve a property’s energy rating.
How long is an EPC valid for?
What happens if I don’t get an EPC?
You can be fined £200 for failing to hold a valid EPC and you will still have to get an EPC.
How do I get an EPC?
We can arrange a low cost EPC for your Bradford property, quickly and simply. To order, please contact us.