All new homes and any that are to be sold or rented must by law have a valid Energy Performance Certificate or EPC and a rating.
Don’t know what an Energy Performance Certificate is? If you have not sold or rented a home in the last 10 years you will not have come across one. It is a report that tells you how much energy the building uses, it rates how energy efficient it is and even tells you if you are eligible for any benefits for achieving green standards.
Take a look at USwitch to see exactly what an EPC looks like.
If you are selling your house or renting a second property out you will need a valid Energy Performance Certificate. It will rate the energy efficiency of the property allowing people to compare this to other homes they may be considering.
The report will also recommend changes you can make to improve the rating. You do not legally have to make these changes but it is worth thinking about how the changes may reduce the cost of your gas and electric bills or impact on your ability to rent the property.
If you are renting a property out you will also need Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), take a look at our website for more information on this.