Energy Performance Certificate
Since 1 October 2008 an EPC needs to be provided whenever a dwelling is sold or rented out. Where buildings are to be rented out, the landlord will be responsible for ensuring a valid certificate is available to all prospective tenants. The certificate should be provided, on request, to any prospective tenant, and should in any case be provided by the landlord to the successful tenant before a contract for tenancy is made. Please note that a valid EPC can only be produced by either an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor or a Home Inspector.
There will be no need to obtain an EPC for an existing tenancy. EPCs are not required where rooms are let under individual tenancies or where the landlord is resident in the property. They are already included in Home Information Packs (HIPs). Contact us if you are unclear if you need an EPC.
Once obtained, a certificate remains valid for up to 10 years. If a valid Energy Performance Certificate still exists when changing tenants no new certificate is required. This applies to both private and social sector landlords and tenants.
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