How Long Does An EPC Last?
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How Long Is An EPC Valid for?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal and important document in the UK property buying and home-letting business. But, are you wondering how long an EPC last? Having a valid EPC before putting your property on the market would be best. However, you might be wondering how long it takes to get an EPC and, once acquired, will the EPC last for the property’s lifetime or be renewed in the future. These are some of the questions that we will answer.
How Long Does It Take To Get An EPC Certificate
An EPC will give your property an energy rating from A to G (A-very efficient to G-inefficient). To get an EPC, you will require a professional assessor who is a member of a government-approved accreditation scheme to visit your property for assessment. How long this assessment will take depends on several factors, such as the complexity of the property and the class of EPC you require.
There are two types of EPCs: a compliance certificate and an operational certificate. A compliance certificate is required if the property’s energy use does not meet the minimum requirements set by the government. An operational certificate is only needed if the property’s energy use exceeds the government’s minimum requirements.
An EPC assessment typically takes around one to two weeks to complete.
After assessing your building and getting paid for the job, the assessor will give you your property’s EPC certificate.
How Long Does An EPC Certificate Last?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) typically has a validity of ten years. This means that once you've got your property assessed and the EPC issued, you won't need a new one every time you have a new tenant or decide to sell, as long as the certificate is less than ten years old. If you've got multiple EPCs for a property, always go by the most recent one.
But here's a tip: if you've made energy-efficient upgrades to your property within those ten years, getting a new EPC might be a good idea. Why? Because it could show a better energy rating, making your property more attractive to potential buyers or renters.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when keeping your EPC valid:
- Even though it's valid for ten years, consider reviewing it every three years or if you make significant changes to your property.
- Regular inspections should be carried out by an accredited professional, such as an engineer or architect, so they can help ensure your property maintains a good rating.
- If you've made substantial energy improvements, think about getting a fresh EPC before the ten-year mark.
When Should You Renew Your EPC?
While an EPC is valid for a decade, there are times you might want to renew it earlier. If you've undertaken major renovations or energy-saving upgrades, a new EPC can reflect those improvements, potentially boosting your property's rating. Remember, a higher rating can make your property more appealing to prospective buyers or tenants. Additionally, if there's a change in regulations or if your previous EPC had inaccuracies, it's wise to get a new assessment. In essence, while the ten-year mark is the standard renewal time, any significant change to your property's energy efficiency or structure should prompt a fresh look at its EPC.
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An EPC is a valuable tool that tells you the property’s present energy efficiency and environmental impact. The EPC also gives you recommendations on how to improve your property’s energy efficiency. The certificate will typically last for ten years, but it is important to make sure that the information on the certificate remains up-to-date. If there are any changes to the building or its heating and cooling systems, it is important to update the EPC so that it reflects these changes.