When Is An EPC Not Required?
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When Is An EPC Not Required
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that assesses the energy performance of a property. The certificate is valid for ten years and must be lodged with the Land Registry when a property is built, sold, or rented.
An EPC contains information about a property's energy use, typical energy costs, and recommendations for improving its energy efficiency. A qualified assessor produces the certificate following an inspection of the property. So, when is an EPC not required? Read on to find out here.
What Happens if You Don't Have an EPC?
If you don't have an EPC, you may be unable to sell or rent your property. An EPC is required by law for all homes in the UK that are available for sale or rent. You may be fined up to £5,000 if you do not get an EPC before you sell or rent your home.
When Is An EPC Not Required?
An EPC is not always necessary when the seller or landlord can make a case for it. Buildings protected from changes because of their special architectural or historical merit or because they are listed are examples.
In some cases, energy efficiency recommendations in an EPC report, such as double-paned windows, new doors and windows, insulation, and flues, may significantly alter a building's character or appearance. On the other hand, not too many such alterations are likely to happen if a listing building has its original appearance preserved.
If you have doubts whether the changes would alter a building's characteristics too much, then it might be best to check with your local authority's conservation officer. EPCs usually aren't necessary for holiday lets either: properties rented out as furnished may not require an EPC where the property is occupied as part of a shorter than 31-day letting arrangement to each tenant and is rented out four months or more in any 12 months. They may still need one if they're responsible for paying the energy costs for a property.
Generally, your property does not require an EPC if it falls under the conditions listed below:
- The property is temporary;
- The building is a monument or listed as such through another Act of Parliament;
- The building is due for demolition and has planning permission for it;
- The building is a temporary building designed to be used for a short time, like two years or less.
- The building is less than 50 meters square in total size. It's a stand-alone building, entirely detached from any other building.
- The building is used for religious purposes such as Church, Mosque, or other religious activities.
- The building is an industrial site, workshop, or non-residential agricultural building with low energy demand.
- The building is a non-residential agricultural building used by a sector covered by a national sectoral agreement on energy performance.
- The building is due to be demolished
- The building is rented out for less than four months in any year.
- There are no dwelling units in the building, e.g., a factory or office space;
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In conclusion, there are a few instances where an EPC is not required. These include if the property is unoccupied, is being constructed or adapted, or is a listed building. However, it's always best to check with your local authority to be sure, as they may have specific requirements in place.