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Energy Performance Certificates (England) | England | Pre-tenancy (England)

EPC during a tenancy

10 Jan 2022 | 3 comments

The EPC on my property has expired (tenant been in occupation for years and was valid when they moved in). The agent has informed me that I need to get a new one done ASAP. I was under the impression you only needed one to relet a property – have the regs changed?

Thanks

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3 Comments

  1. guildy

    No, there’s no need to get a new one. Only next required before “marketed for rent”.

  2. sjcollett

    thanks. they’ve responded

    As of April 2020, all rental properties are required to have an energy performance rating of E and above, regardless of when the property was let. Our interpretation of this is that you can’t show your property is rated E or above if you don’t have a valid EPC.

    You can read more about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard below:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-private-rented-property-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-landlord-guidance

  3. guildy

    Firstly, you presumably already have an EPC showing E or better. Just because it’s expired doesn’t change that fact.

    Also, the minimum rating regs only apply where an EPC is legally required:

    The Regulations apply to all domestic private rented properties that are:

    • legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

    (Quote taken from link you provided above).

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