All properties for sale or to let require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), this came into affect from the 1st October 2008. Energy Performance Certificates were initially introduced to England and Wales in August 2007 as part of the Home information Packs (HIP’s) for domestic properties. When the requirement for HIPs was removed in May 2010, the requirement for EPCs continued. EPC’s are valid for 10 years and will need to be renewed if any amendments are made to the property, this may include an extension, new heating system, new windows.. etc.
Before the 6th April 2012 you would include an EPC asset chart to property particulars – however there have been changes made that have meant as of the 6th April 2012 Agents and Landlords have had to adhere to the following:
- Property particulars in writing must include a copy of the full EPC; it is no longer possible to just include the asset rating.
- An EPC will need to be commissioned before any marketing and advertising for a residential or commercial property can proceed. There is an obligation to ensure that an EPC is obtained within 7 days of marketing a property (although there may be an additional 21 day period during which the EPC can be obtained, if it is not obtained within the initial subject period).
- The new EPC regulations will apply to both residential and commercial properties. They will also apply irrespective of whether the property is marketed for sale or rent.
Are you a NEW landlord? Do you want to sell your property? Call Martin & Co TODAY on 01158533230, we can arrange for an EPC to be conducted at your property!