Rental Property

By: Accurating Ltd - EPCs  02/10/2008
Keywords: Energy Assessor, Energy Performance Certificates, Energy Performance Certificate

Landlords Renting or Letting a home - an EPC is required for dwellings offered to let as of 1st October 2008.

The EPC used in these circumstances can be up to 10 years old, though if a newer EPC is produced for the property only the latter is valid.

The FULL EPC must be made available for any home, free of charge, to a prospective tenant from the 1st October 2008, at the earliest opportunity and in any event where any of the following events happens:

- when the home is viewed (even if that means providing the EPC before any written information or particulars are provided)

- if any written information about the home is provided as a result of a request by a prospective purchaser

- before the tenant signs a contract to rent the home.

It is not marketing that attracts the requirement to have an EPC, but any of the circumstances listed above.

The EPC graphs need not be included in the written / electronic property details for rental of the home. However, it would be good practice to include them.

The Landlord is the ‘relevant person’ under EPC legislation and is responsible for making the EPC available. The seller, not the agent, is liable to a penalty charge if the EPC is not made available. It would be good practice, however, for any estate agent offering a property to let on a landlord’s behalf to inform the landlord of the legal obligation and to recommend that an EPC is obtained, even though the agent is not liable to a penalty.

Where a tenant is in occupation before the 1st October 2008 and continues to be occupation after this date an EPC is not required. If at a later point the tenant changes an EPC will be required to show prospective tenants.

A landlord should make a proper request for an EPC to a provider in good time and at least 14 days before it is required to avoid any penalty charges.

The EPC in full must be provided to the eventual tenant. It would be good practice for a landlord or Estate Agents to attach the full EPC to the tenancy agreement and ensure that it is initialled as received by the tenant in order to avoid any later questions about whether the EPC was given or not. The most recent EPC is the only valid EPC.

Keywords: Energy Assessor, Energy Performance, Energy Performance Certificate, Energy Performance Certificates

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