I know it’s pretty boring and that it’s been all over Internet, in emails and Social Media over the last few weeks but considering the fine for non-compliance is up to £5,000, it’s important for landlords and agents to get it right.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certficates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 regarding residential rented property meant that the landlord or agent was required to have at least ordered the EPC at the time marketing commenced. They had to provide an EPC to any potential tenant who requested to see it. Once the letting was agreed and before the tenancy agreement was signed the agent or landlord had to provide a copy of the certificate.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 coming into force have put further responsibilities on landlords and agents.
From 6th April 2012:-
- EPCs will be required on marketing for non-domestic and rental properties as well as residential properties.
- It is no longer sufficient just to include the asset rating on written particulars (including web brochures) the first page of the EPC has to be attached (by stapling, gluing or taping).
- Air conditioning reports will need to be registered on the central EPC register.
Letting agents need to be satisfied an EPC has been ordered prior to agreeing to market the property.
Once the EPC has been ordered all reasonable efforts must be made to obtain the EPC within 7 days of the property going on the market. It must be obtained at least within the first 28 days of marketing.
When giving written particulars to an interested party the attached EPC may have the full address omitted, however, if the EPC is requested it must include the full address.
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