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Government guidance on EPCs

Categories: Legislation


On 2nd April, the Government published official guidance around the requirements for Energy Performance Certificates during the coronavirus outbreak. Read their full advice here or digest the summary below.

What are the usual requirements for EPCs?

A valid EPC is a legal requirement when a property is sold, let or constructed. All reasonable efforts need to be maid to obtain a valid EPC within 7 days of a property going on the market. If reasonable efforts have been made and it’s still not been possible to get an EPC, you have a further 21 day grace period. After that, the Government can take enforcement action.

Are EPCs still legally required?

Yes. The legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property is still in place.

EPC assessments need to be conducted safely, in line with the government’s advice on home moving during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Read a summary of those guidelines here).

What if a property is occupied?

As the Government has advised people to stay at home and away from others, you should not invite visitors into your home or into those you let to tenants.

Where a property is occupied, you should try to agree that the transaction is delayed so you can proceed with the EPC assessment when the current restrictions have been lifted.

If moving is unavoidable and all parties can’t agree to delay, and a valid EPC is not available from the current register, you may need to conduct an assessment. If conducting an assessment under these circumstances, you must follow the Government guidelines to keep at least 2 metres apart from others, as well as the guidance for carrying out work in people’s homes.

No EPC assessments should take place if any person in the property is showing symptoms of coronavirus, is self-isolating or being shielded.

What if the property is vacant?

EPC assessments are still permitted.

We’re running regular webinars with Propertymark to help keep you informed of any Government updates in this fast-moving situation. Check out the schedule on hub.rightmove.co.uk/support for our upcoming sessions, and recordings of recent live webinars you might’ve missed.