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.
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