Is an EPC a legal requirement?

Results of your EPC Assessment

In the ever changing world of property regulations it can be difficult to keep on top of the rules that apply to  home owners and landlords, with EPC requirements being one of those areas that often cause confusion.

In simple terms when it comes to selling or renting, most properties do in fact require an EPC in almost all cases, but there are however some exceptions. The following highlights some of the properties and scenarios that may allow a vendor the right not to obtain an EPC when selling or renting:

  • AirBnB, Holiday homes and residential buildings used less than 4 months a year
  • Industrial sites and workshops
  • Buildings that are to be demolished
  • Stand-alone buildings with less than 50 square metres of useful floor space
  • Places of worship

The complexity of the matter can be better understood when the exempt properties are considered further. Listed buildings for example, as a rule of thumb, are exempt from requiring an EPC when selling or renting in England and Wales. This is because of the restrictions that apply to the alteration of listed buildings that may hinder the property from achieving a higher rating. The replacement of single glazed timber windows with uPVC double glazing for example is unlikely to be approved on a 19th century Grade II manor house, understandably so in order to preserve the building’s character. It can therefore also be understood why such a property would be and is then exempt from requiring an EPC. 

These regulations do however risk further complication should a landlord, for some reason decide to instruct an energy assessor to carry out an EPC on a listed property. If this were to happen, the property would then be allocated an energy rating, and despite being a listed building, would no longer be exempt from requiring an EPC.

In such cases where a single glazed property is assessed on its energy efficiency, it is likely to score on the lower end of the A-G spectrum, and should the score be below E then it will fall short of the rental requirements.

Fines for not holding a valid EPC certificate
As a landlord in England or Wales, if you rent out a property without a valid EPC it is possible to be fined up to £5,000. Landlords should therefore be mindful that an EPC is only valid for 10 years and could potential expire during a tenancy and become noncompliant if not renewed before the expiry date.

Expert EPC advice
In order to remain compliant as a landlord and avoid any expensive penalties, contact us at EPC Surveys Wales where our fully qualified energy assessors have the experience and knowledge to advise you.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top