WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING AN EPC?
When you are selling your property, you, as the seller must provide the EPC. The certificate should be given to the prospective buyer before entering into a sale or lease agreement.
With a new build, it is the responsibility of the person carrying out the work. They must provide the owner with the certificate and inform the Building Control Officer or Approved Inspector that this has been completed within the specified time.
The owner will have to pay for this survey.
The survey is designed to be a non-invasive visual inspection and all information is to be gathered whilst at the property.
If any measures cannot be seen i.e. cavity wall insulation, you will be required to produce the associated documentation to include this within the purchase of your new certificate.
CAN I EPC FAIL?
When an EPC has been completed the property will get a rating between A and G. If you are selling the property then you cannot get a fail.
Since April 2018 it has been a legal requirement for the EPC rating to be at least an E rating if you are renting the property to a tenant (unless you have a suitable exemption).