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EPCs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EPC?

An EPC provides important information on the existing status and importantly how to improve the energy of your property, to reduce carbon emissions and also reduce heating and energy costs. In many cases, dependent on the age of your property, insulations grants may be available to help achieve these savings and environmental improvements and, in turn reduce the running costs of your property.

Why do I need an EPC?

Climate change is becoming of increasing concern globally. As a commitment the Government has placed a 60% reduction target for carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Energy ratings are designed to be a measure of the fuel cost of a property. Energy conservation is clearly a good thing - everyone wins with energy conservation.

Domestic properties marketed for sale since 30th June 2008, newly constructed since 30th September 2008 and rental properties since 30th December 2008 now require an Energy Performance Certificate. It is the legal responsibility of the vendor to make sure that the EPC is produced. Legislation states that the EPC shall be made available to prospective buyers/tenants when property details are requested. In additions to this, the conveyancing process will not be completed unless the EPC is made available for the property.

Since 31st December 2008 all commercial, non domestic buildings including newly constructed buildings are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate on sale, rental or upon construction. It is the responsibility of Sellers and Landlords to make EPCs available to prospective purchasers and tenants. Again the conveyancing process will not be completed unless the EPC is made available.

Mid Antrim Properties will provide information on the energy efficiency, heating costs and carbon emissions of the property. The certificates will include recommendations on ways to improve, to save money and help the environment.

Who is responsible for commissioning an EPC?

The Property Manager, Landlord, owner or developer is responsible for insuring an EPC is made available. Failure to comply could result in a fine of 12.5% of the rateable value up to a maximum £5000.

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