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What is an EPC and how long will it be valid for?

Two common questions we are asked are ‘What is an EPC? and How long will it be valid for?

What is an EPC?

An EPC checks the energy performance of a property. It has 7 categories: A-G . “A” represents the most energy efficient property and decreases to “G” representing the least energy efficient property. It must be carried out by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor. It will also show a building’s environmental impact by showing its carbon dioxide emissions. The assessor looks at many factors such as the wall, floor and roof insulation and boiler efficiency. It also looks at the type of light bulbs are in use. All EPCs can be found on the national register accessible here.

How long will it be valid for? A valid EPC will last for 10 years and can be used for multiple tenancies within that period. This is only possible if the rating is not F or G. This is because from 1st April 2018 any property must have a minimum EPC rating of E or higher. A new EPC should be arranged for a rental property as soon as an existing certificate expires to maintain a valid EPC at all times.

If you are a London Landlord and would like Greater London Properties to organise an EPC on your behalf, please give us a call today on 0207 734 4062 and we would be happy to help. We also offer Free Property Valuations.

We hope this answers your questions ‘what is an EPC?’ and ‘How long it will be valid for?’.  If you are looking to rent a property in Central London, please visit Greater London Properties, Central London’s largest independent estate agent or call us on 0207 113 1066.


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