By law an EPC is required as soon as a property is placed on the market- with legislation furthermore stating that an EPC must be available for a potential purchaser to view on request. The responsibility to obtain an EPC is with the owner/seller. Complying with the legislation at the beginning of the selling process will avoid any risk of being fined, as a failure to do so could result in a Â£200 fine for every breach (one breach equating to one report that an EPC is not available for viewing). Furthermore, a sale cannot complete unless an Energy Performance Certificate is in place.
For further information concerning EPC legislation you can visit the Department of Finance and Personnel website at: www.dfpni.gov.uk
An Energy Performance Certificate tells you how energy efficient your home is on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes will have a rating at the upper end of that scale and will therefore be more energy efficient. The certificate also advises on the impact your home has on the environment, and what improvements you could make to improve the rating of your property.
In order to obtain your EPC it will be necessary to arrange an assessment of the property with a fully trained Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). During this assessment the DEA will conduct a full survey of the property, recording specific details which are then input into unique software used to calculate the energy rating.
We at Leonard Auctioneers & Property Management Ltd would be delighted to provide you with contact details of a Domestic Energy Assessor or alternatively we can arrange this service for you.
Contact us today and a member of our team will be in touch with you as soon as they can.