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New energy performance certificate regulations and their impact on landlords
The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 have now been published. This came into force on 6 April 2012 and amends the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.
The key changes that will affect landlords are:
- That landlords, as well as the seller of the property, must now commission an EPC before marketing a property (by instructing a suitability specialist; or
- Landlords must use all reasonable efforts to obtain an EPC within seven days after marketing the property (although there is a further window of 21 days in which to obtain an EPC if they do not manage to obtain one in the first seven days)
Before 6 April 2012, the sale of residential properties required an EPC to be commissioned before marketing occurs. After 6 April 2012, this requirement will also apply to the letting of residential properties (and also to any commercial property which is let).