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Are EPC's a legal requirement?

All Properties require an Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC when being let.

As of 6th April 2012 an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be commissioned before marketing your property for rent, whether it is residential or commercial.

All "reasonable efforts" must be made to ensure that an EPC is obtained within 7 days of marketing the property. (Where it has not been secured during that period, there is an absolute duty to obtain it within 21 days of the end of that period).

What is an EPC?

An EPC gives Home Owners, Tenants and prospective buyers an assessment of a property performance rating in terms of its energy efficiency and environmental impact, to help reduce CO2 output.

EPCs assess buildings by giving them a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from 'A' to 'G', where 'A' is the best and with the average to date being D/E.

EPC's were originally part of the Home information pack (HIP), however the requirement for a HIP was suspended on 21 May 2010. The energy performance certificate was retained.

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