When Is An EPC Not Required?

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John L.
Hi Niki was fine but you gave her the wrong date at the beginning to carry out the inspection so it was a week later than was arranged with you which was annoying for us having to take time off 2 weeks running!
Erhan E.
Great experience overall. Jhonell is very efficient, on-time, courteous and information. Good communication throughout. Certificate processed in under 2 days. Recommend to everyone.
Alan T.
The assessor arrived on-time, was very polite and friendly and went over the whole property including the loft and outside. All-in-all I am very impressed with him and the service,
Kamal B.
Great communication, connector reached out to me ahead of the appointment to confirm arrangements, he turned up on time and was friendly and professional. He answered all my questions satisfactorily. Pricing was competitive, he was time efficient with the assessment and issues the certificate by the end of the day. Excellent service and very pleased overall. Would highly recommend Harsh for your EPC needs
Karen C.
Sateesh was professional throughout, confirming the appointment before he was due , came on the scheduled appointment time and explained what he was doing during the a0
Syed A.
The contractor was very prompt, communicated very well prior to arrival. Knowledge and expertise was very good, responded to all queries I had answering all questions well. Inspector completed the whole inspection very thoroughly over multiple floors without any disruption. Very polite, courteous, came with own ladder and equipment. At the end explained the process and also reasons why there maybe higher energy usage and what could be done to improve energy performance. Definitely5*****
Roger B.
Phoned when on her way. Called during inspection to check issue and then called to report the results of post inspection research. Friendly and cheeful person.
Nick E.
George came to do my energy certification,he was very professional and knowledgeable and was extremely pleasant and thorough in the process,I would certainly recommend him to anyone. A +
Natasha P.
Everything was great. Easy to organise, Peter came on time and the process was quick and straightforward and I had the EPC in my inbox by lunchtime. Thanks v much - a 5* experience.
Guiyi L.
Jhonell contacted me beforehand to confirm his arrival time, showed up on time, and promptly produced the report the day after. I will use him again next time.
David M.
Paula arrived at my house and knocked at the doors back and front with no answer.She rang me to say she was unable to gain access to the property,I asked her to open the door and shout for my daughter in law.There was no reply and she entered and called out up the stairs, my daughter daughter in law was in a bedroom.Paula explained that she was there to carry out the EPC survey and did so.Paula rang me again to say it was complete and I would receive my certificate online.
Paul C.
Andrew was brilliant, he happily changed the time of my appt that I had requested, he was very nice, easy to talk to and I was very satisfied with the job. Definitely got the right person, would fully recommend using him.
Martyn T.
Emma was very professional and helpful. The inspection was thorough and efficient and the link to the certificate was available before Emma even left the property!
Kat F.
Took a few days to get the certificate due to Bank hol and a software update but very friendly service. There was an email to explain about the software but it went to my spam so I hadn't seen it. I sent a text, which was promptly answered. I also received a text to inform me the cert had been sent, which was very helpful as that had also gone to my spam. This was at 7pm. So he had sent it out of normal working hours which, was really appreciated and shows he cares about his customer. Thank you!
Mark S.
Very satisfied with organisation, timeliness and performance during the visit. The process was low key and efficient to a level where my tenant was barely disturbed, having no adverse comments at all. Ensuing report was thorough and informative, issued in a reasonable timespan. Will happily use Furqan’s EPC services again in future, great work at a reasonable rate. Liked the website job request where I could add extra detail and requests, really useful as didn’t personally attend on the day.
Z C.
Nirav did a great job, he was professional, contacted me ahead of schedule to arrange the logistics of his visit, was on time for the appointment and did his assessment in the allocated time and kept me informed on the necessary steps to take in order to successfully complete the assessment. I would recommend booking Nirav for your EPC.
Jeremy C.
Aran provided a call on the morning to confirm his arrival time, he arrived promptly and explained the process fully and completed the work quickly and professionally.
Ivana J.
Very professional. Called me to confirm the time, notifies me of a slight delay. Friendly and personable during the appointment. The report was ready less than 24 hrs later. Definitely recommend
Lyndsey H.
Joel turned up on time and was polite and professional. Joel gave me advice on some things that I could do to improve my energy efficiency. I received my certificate very quickly after the appointment
Sheraz D.
Furqan did a great job, was very friendly and answered any questions that I had. The EPC certificate was also turned around very quickly. Would highly recommend
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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.

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