Energy Performance Certificates: What London Sellers Need to Know

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If you’re selling your home, then you’ll need a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property. 

So, here’s a guide explaining what an EPC is and how you can get one. 

What is it? 

Think of an EPC as a report card on your home’s energy efficiency. EPCs grade properties on a scale from A to G, with an A-rating denoting the most efficient homes and a G-rating the least efficient. 

An EPC also recommends how a property can be made more efficient, thus bringing energy costs down. 

Furthermore, it gives an estimate of the current energy costs of a home and the potential costs if improvements are made. 

Are there any exemptions? 

By law, most properties require an EPC before sale, but there are a few exemptions. These include: 

  • Places of worship. 
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years. 
  • Standalone buildings with a useful floor space of less than 50 square metres. 
  • Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that do not use a lot of energy. 
  • Some buildings that are due to be demolished. 
  • Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than four months a year or is let under a licence to occupy. 
  • Listed buildings. 
  • Residential buildings intended to be used less than four months a year. 

If you’re unsure if you need an EPC before selling your property, seek professional advice. 

Who can issue an EPC? 

Only an accredited assessor can provide an EPC. Assessors visit the property in person and analyse the lighting, heating and windows. They also consider the level of insulation and the building’s fabric. 

The time it takes to conduct an EPC assessment will vary depending on the size and scale of the building. Assessing a small property could take around 30 minutes, while a larger home could take closer to two hours. 

How much does an EPC cost? 

As a seller, it’s important to understand the costs associated with obtaining an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Typically, an EPC can cost around £100, a necessary expense to ensure your property meets the legal requirements for sale. However, for properties listed exclusively with us under a sole agency agreement, we provide the EPC free of charge. This not only saves you the cost but also streamlines the process, ensuring your property is ready for the market with minimal hassle. Choosing a sole agency listing with us not only offers you a bespoke marketing strategy but also added benefits like the complimentary EPC, making your selling experience more efficient and cost-effective.

How long is an EPC valid for? 

An EPC is valid for ten years. But if you get an EPC and then carry out extension works that significantly impact the property’s rating, you’ll need to get another one. 

What if my home receives a low EPC rating? 

While many buyers take an interest in a property’s EPC, in our experience, it’s rarely a dealbreaker (or dealmaker). 

However, it’s worth noting that rental properties must meet minimum energy efficiency standards. So, if a property is incredibly leaky and energy inefficient, a buy-to-let investor may have to make improvements before renting it out. This could influence any offer they choose to make. 

This post was written by:

Steven Herd

Steven's extensive 30 years of estate agency experience in London culminated in launching MyLondonHome, which has enabled him to bring together a hand-picked team to provide the high level of quality advice, market strength and service he is renowned for.

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