As a property owner in the UK, you need an EPC. Getting an EPC done in London needn’t be a huge hassle, but it can save you a whole heap of time and effort. Here’s why you need to get yours done if you haven’t already.
First off, what is an EPC?
Energy performance certificates (EPCs) were introduced in August 2007, as part of an initiative to boost greener, cleaner properties, and to quantify property efficiency and running cost within the UK. Nowadays, EPC ratings are used on property rental websites to give an idea of running costs and energy efficiency for future tenants.
Energy performance certificates are mandatory for almost all properties in the UK, with a few notable exceptions. Both commercial and domestic properties require EPCs, so if you’re unsure as to whether your property has a current EPC or not, it’s time to check it out.
What Happens if You Don’t Get One?
The costs and hassles attached to failing to get a current EPC aren’t great. You can expect legal hassles, as well as potentially costly fines. This can all be pretty hard for a new home owner, or would be landlord. No one needs extra costs or stress when dealing with the bureaucratic, lengthy and tiring process of buying, selling or letting a property. On top of that, without an EPC, you’re simply not allowed to buy, sell or let a property without an EPC, so considering how cheap and easy getting one is, there’s no point in avoiding it.
Getting your EPC survey done isn’t a big hassle either, it’s just a case of finding the right local, London-based company, making contact, and getting them in. EPC surveys are completely non-invasive, and leave your home entirely intact, mainly by using high tech equipment to check out and survey all the various features and elements of the property, as well as taking elements into consideration like energy bills, efficiency modifications and additions, like loft and cavity insulation, as well as boiler models. Essentially, it’s a pretty thorough report.
So essentially, you’re saving the cost of fines and legal trouble, you’re able to let and sell your property, and you’re able to maximise efficiency and running costs. You’re saving both time and money, not to mention stress and hassle. Dodging the legal hassles and fines is a huge saving in itself, but more, what you’re getting is freedom to use your property however