Running out of energy

Tue 11 Dec 2018

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for rented properties were introduced from October 2008. With a lifespan of 10 years, this means that they are beginning to run out. There were some produced from August 2007 where a house was sold but this will be less common.

The first and most important thing to understand is that, unlike a gas safety record, there is no need to get a new EPC simply because the current one expires. The law defines when an EPC is needed, and one is needed when a property is put on the market for sale or letting. With an existing letting, as the property is not being marketed, no EPC is needed.

This even applies if you are arranging a renewal to the existing tenant. The logic behind this is that the EPC gives a standard assessment of the energy consumption of the property whereas the tenant who is living there knows exactly what the energy costs are, they are paying the bills!

Therefore the first time a renewal EPC will typically be needed will be when the tenant gives notice and the property is to be advertised to let or for sale.

This rule about the EPC running out also affects the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which is based on the requirement to ensure properties reach at least band E or an exemption is registered. If the property is not legally required to have an EPC (even if one was produced over ten years ago), then MEES will not apply until the property is required to have an EPC.

As the software for producing EPCs has been changed over the last ten years, some properties, particularly those with solid walls, may find that if the property was band F, a new EPC may then take them into band E anyway.

If you have any questions about EPCs, then do not hesitate to contact us. If you are a Landlord with a property under management with us, you don't need to worry as we will notify you when your property requires a new EPC.

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