What is the latest point at which an EPC certificate be provided to a new tenant? For example, can the tenancy agreement be signed; can I perform the check-in inventory; can I hand over the keys; can the tenant move in, before providing the EPC certificate?
The background to my question is that my EPC ran out in the middle of marketing property, and so I have arranged for a new EPC to be issued. In the meantime, I have found a suitable tenant and would like to enter into an AST with the tenant. Further, the tenant is requesting to move in on the day that the EPC assessment is being undertaken (Monday) I have been told that I won’t receive the certificate until the following day (Tuesday). I was hoping to perform the check-in and hand over the keys on the Monday, but the tenancy agreement won’t start for another two days (Wednesday), such that I can send the tenant the EPC before the actual start of the tenancy (unfortunately, I’m not able to be at the property for a number of days after the EPC assessment is undertaken, which is why I’m looking to hand over the keys in advance).