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What is an EPC

EPC

Energy performance certificate

The purpose of the EPC is to show prospective tenants the energy performance of the property they are considering renting

An Energy Performance Certificate is a document that shows the energy efficiency of a property using a set of standard grades from 'A' to 'G', with A being the most energy efficient - similar to those ratings used for fridges and other electrical appliances where you often see a coloured sticker on the appliance indicating its energy efficiency rating.

By Law a landlord must have an EPC before the property is offered to let and must provide a copy to any prospective tenant if asked for. The details of the EPC must also be present on any details of the property you are given by the landlord or a Letting Agent.

The purpose of the EPC is to show prospective tenants the energy performance of the property they are considering renting. It also gives a tenant an idea of how much it is likely to cost them to run the property so they can make an informed decision as to the affordability of the property for renting.

EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that the property could achieve if specific energy saving measures were carried out at the property and that might improve it’s rating.

EPCs also contain a detailed recommendation report that lists any suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation and the potential energy and cost savings per year if the improvements are made, however the recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency do not have to be implemented, though it should suggest which improvements may be eligible for funding through any state sponsored energy saving initiative.



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