Energy Performance Certificates

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is intended to tell you and potential buyers how energy efficient a house is and make recommendations on how to improve the properties energy performance. An EPC is now legally required for selling a residential property in England and Wales

Representation of an EPC graph

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;

  1. 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;
  2. a new duty on the person acting on behalf of the seller to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before commencing marketing;
  3. 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.
  4. all of the new duties carry fixed penalties where somebody fails in the duty conferred on them by the new regulations

When you instruct Reeds Rains to market your property you will be given the opportunity to purchase an EPC. Alternatively you can call Reeds Rains direct on 0844 499 8112 or email epc@reedsrains.co.uk to purchase one.