Energy Performance Certificates Update

Posted: 01/09/2017

When is an EPC needed?

Where a dwelling is being let an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will be required.

An EPC is required as follows:-
•Individual house/dwelling (i.e. a self contained property with its own kitchen/bathroom facilities) - one EPC for the dwelling.
•Self contained flats (i.e. each behind its own front door with its own kitchen/bathroom facilities) - one EPC per flat.
•Bedsits or room lets where there is a shared kitchen, toilet and/or bathroom (e.g. a property where each room has its own tenancy agreement) - No EPC is required.
•Shared flats/houses (e.g. a letting of a whole flat or house to students/young professionals etc on a single tenancy agreement) - one EPC for the whole house.
•Mixed self contained and non self contained accommodation - one EPC for each self contained flat/unit but no EPC for the remainder of the property.
•A room in a hall of residence or hostel - no EPC is required.

There are fixed penalties for failing to provide an EPC/make one available when required. The fixed penalty for dwellings is £200 per dwelling. There is a six month time limit for any enforcement action to be taken.