The Power Service - Newcastle

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)


Does your rented property need an Energy Performance Certificate?

From 1st October 2008 anyone offering any rented property for domestic or commercial purposes is required by law to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property.


What is an EPC for?

The EPC provides landlords and tenants with information on the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of their property in an easy-to-understand fridge-style rating of A-G. As part of the evaluation, there will also be a list of recommendations suggesting cost effective improvements to raise the property's energy efficiency.

How long is an EPC valid for? 

An EPC for rented property is valid for 10 years, and following the demise of the HIPs Pack, the EPC for house sales is also valid for 10 years.

The Power Service can provide the following:

  • Domestic EPCs
  • Commercial EPCs
  • Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction Consultancy


Why get an EPC?

An energy performance certificate (EPC) is intended to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building, so they can consider energy efficiency as part of their investment or business decision to buy or occupy that building.

According to the Government, buildings are responsible for almost 50 per cent of all energy consumed in the UK and over a quarter of CO2 emissions. The Government argues that in the case of rental properties, a high energy performance rating will be more desirable and will therefore impact on the marketability of properties – and ultimately on rent levels.

As an incentive to make improvements, in 2004 the Government introduced Income Tax Allowances for Residential Landlords making insulation improvements


How much will an EPC cost ?

Please contact us for a quotation. 


Penalties for not providing an EPC

For residential lettings, failing to provide an EPC carries a fine of £200.

The penalty for non-domestic properties is fixed, in most cases, at 12.5 per cent of the rateable value of the building, with a default penalty of £750 where the formula cannot be applied. The range of penalties under the formula is set with a minimum of £500 and is capped at a maximum of £5,000.

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