EPC changes confirmed


As announced on Tuesday, EPC display rules have been “recast”.. Whilst all property advertising will need to show EPC details, the requirement to include the certificate’s full front page on all written materials falls away from 9th January 2013.

The gist of the Government’s new rules are:

energy performance certificate to be produced on the sale, rent or construction of a building.

property advertisements to include details of energy performance certificate rating where available.

no longer a requirement to attach front page of the energy performance certificate to written material.

And here’s a bit more detail on the latest rules and regs:

an EPC is required whenever a building1 is sold, constructed or rented out.

the EPC shows the energy efficiency rating (relating to running costs) of a dwelling. The rating is shown on an A–G rating scale similar to those used for refrigerators and other electrical appliances.

the EPC includes recommendations on how to improve the dwelling’s energy efficiency. There is no statutory requirement to carry out any of the recommended energy efficiency measures stated. The EPC also includes information showing which of these measures would be eligible for finance under the Green Deal scheme, if they were to be carried out. More information on the Green Deal can be found at www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures/green-deal.

when a new home is constructed, it is the responsibility of the builder to provide an EPC when the building is physically completed.
landlords and sellers must provide an EPC free of charge to interested parties (prospective tenants or buyers) at the earliest opportunity and must provide a copy of the EPC to the person who takes up the tenancy or the successful buyer.

estate agents and other third parties must ensure that an EPC has been commissioned before they can market a property for sale or rent. In addition, all advertisements in the commercial media must clearly show the property’s EPC rating, where this is available.

EPCs are valid for 10 years and can be reused as many times as required within that period. It is not necessary to commission a new EPC each time there is a change of tenant, or the property is sold.

Where more than one EPC is produced for a building, the most recent EPC is the valid one.

in the social or private rental sector, an EPC is not required for any property that was occupied prior to 1 October 2008 and which continues to be occupied by the same tenant. However, landlords may commission EPCs for these dwellings if they wish.

You can download the full guidance notes here (PDF).