EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It is a legal requirement to have one when a property is sold, rented or constructed.

The document informs people how energy efficient the property currently is and the typical energy costs. It also tells you any improvements that could be made to improve efficiency and in turn save money.

For the document to be valid and legal, you must get an approved Domestic Energy Assessor to produce the EPC. If you fail to produce one of these documents, you could receive a fine.

The rating is graded from A - G. A, being the most efficient and G, the least efficient. If you are a landlord, the minimum rating you are allowed to achieve is an E. You as the landlord could be fined if this minimum requirement is not met.

How much do they cost?
An EPC can range from £50 to £120, be sure to get a few quotes to make sure you are getting the best deal.

What is involved?
The energy accessor will access all rooms in the property, including the loft. They will inspect the heating systems and controls, take measurements and photographic evidence to include in the survey.