EPC exemption for stand alone buildings under 50sq/m?

EPC exemption for stand alone buildings under 50sq/m?

15:11 PM, 19th December 2022, About A year ago 13

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For over 30 years now, I’ve rented out a small detached property, 30sq/m according to the EPC, which used to be the bakehouse (large oven still in situ) and washhouse for 3 cottages in front of it. The original outside toilet is still in place for summertime use, and it has large garden tenants can use, and everybody who has lived there, including the present tenant, has loved it, especially the fact that it’s hidden away and quiet, such that even some locals don’t know it’s there!

However, this EPC situation is about to hit us Landlords is critical as to whether it can remain as a rental property or not. I’ve read over the last couple of years, that stand-alone buildings, with under 50sq/m useable floor area are exempt, and many websites state this to be the case, but others say it is only applicable to commercial premises.

I’ve tried previously to register it as exempt with the Government department responsible (forget which), but they say that this is only applicable to commercial properties, and not residential ones.

Does anybody know exactly what the situation is please, or have any experience with this situation?

This will determine my future plan of action.


Editor’s Note: Government Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy

Guidance on PRS exemptions and Exemptions Register evidence requirement


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Reluctant Landlord

9:13 AM, 22nd December 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Simon F at 20/12/2022 - 21:21
so ALL listed properties are fully exempt from requiring an EPC in totality? What if they already have one? Do you have to then get another one produced when this expires?

Simon F

10:27 AM, 22nd December 2022, About A year ago

Martin S

11:20 AM, 22nd December 2022, About A year ago

I see that back in 2018 I was the last person to post a comment on that blog.

The Editor initially posted the Government link for exemptions here (seen below) which I note now states domestic and commercial relevance, which it didn't initially.

Howver, it doesn't mention anything about Historic buildings specifically, or buildings under 50sq/m, etc, so not exactly a comprehensive listing, but then again they don't want to advertise these additional categories!.

Holiday cottage it will be then. Actually, I had thought of this a few years ago, and the place is done to a hotel standard internally. I believe it to be the smallest, detached, inhabited, property in the country, unless someone knows better!


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