New energy performance certificate regulations and their impact on landlords

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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).