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Energy Performance Certificate
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is intended to tell you and potential buyers how energy efficient a house is and make recommendations. The recommendations explain how to improve the properties energy performance. An EPC is now legally required for selling a residential property in England and Wales
Following the suspension of HIPs by the Coalition government the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 introduce a number of new requirements relating to the requirement of an EPC including: a new duty on the seller to secure that an energy performance certificate (EPC) has been commissioned before marketing of the property commences. Where no such certificate is already available;
- An EPC has been commissioned when a Domestic Energy Assessor has been instructed to prepare the EPC and the EPC has either been paid for or has given a clear undertaking to pay for it.
- A new duty on the person acting on behalf of the seller to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before commencing marketing.
- A new duty on both the seller and a person acting on their behalf to make reasonable efforts to secure an EPC within 7 days.
- All of the new duties carry fixed penalties where somebody fails in the duty conferred on them by the new regulations.