Energy performance certificates

What is an energy performance certificate?

An energy performance certificate (EPC) gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. It contains information about the property’s energy use and typical energy costs. It also provides recommendations about how to reduce energy use, save money, and achieve a better rating in the most cost-efficient way. EPCs are required whenever a property is built, sold, or rented and an up-to-date certificate must be produced before a property is marketed to potential buyers and tenants.

At SDL Surveying, we have a national team of accredited Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) who are qualified to undertake energy assessments and approved by Elmhurst Energy, in addition to being RICS-qualified surveyors. Request a quote today and feel confident that you’re getting the professional advice you need.

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A clear picture of the property’s energy use and costs

Advice on how to reduce energy use and save money

Recommendations on how to achieve a better energy rating

Legal requirements for landlords

Since 2018, any property that is rented out in the private rented sector must meet a minimum energy performance rating on an EPC. At present, it is unlawful to let or lease a residential property with a poorer rating than ‘E’.

If you’re a landlord, and you haven’t got an EPC yet, you have a legal responsibility to book an energy assessment as soon as possible. The inspection itself only takes around 30-40 minutes, however upgrading a poorly performing property to achieve an EPC rating of an ‘E’ or above could require improvement work that takes weeks to carry out.

Landlords may spend up to a maximum of £3,500 on energy efficiency improvements, including any funding or grants given by the government, local authorities, or energy companies. If your suggested improvements exceed £3,500, you can apply for a high-cost exemption via the PRS Exemptions Register.

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Feeling the pinch or want to improve your carbon footprint?

There are relatively small changes that you can make which can impact the cost and amount of energy being used in your home.

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