EPCs – New ones issued via email link only?

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14:25 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

EPCs – New ones issued via email link only?

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EPCs – New ones issued via email link only?

I have had a raft of new EPC’s done and the assessors have just emailed me the link to the .gov site where they are stored. You can’t download them (I have tried).

Question – do I have to send a copy of the new EPC to the existing tenant? (they already had a copy of the previous valid one when they moved in)

Can I just send them the link also for reference?

As I understood it you DON’T have to give the tenant a copy of the new EPC (unless you plan on issuing them with a S21) as the whole point of an EPC is to alert the incoming tenant about the eco status of the property before they enter into a contract to move in, so they are aware of the costs of running the property etc. Am I right?

Is it also the case that you don’t even have to carry out an EPC even if its date has expired if the existing tenant is in situ – in other words, you only really need to get a valid EPC in place before the NEXT tenant moves in?

Many thanks

Reluctant Landlord


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The Secret Landlord

15:42 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

If you try this link you should be able to download after inputting address. I include EPC as part of my AST so understand you.

https://www.epcregister.com/reportSearchAddressByPostcode.html

WP

17:05 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by The Secret Landlord at 23/10/2020 - 15:42
unfortunately this takes you to where the previous ones or out of date ones are. I understand the Assessors now log them on a .gov site? I can't seem to get an actual download from this new site....

WP

17:14 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/

this is the new link. It sends you to a page where you can see and read it or print off in hard copy BUT there is no way of downloading it.
Is it therefore acceptable to send the link to the site to existing tenants - if of course I legally have to?

For new tenancies I used to either print off into hard copy or send them the actual report as an attachment in an email and get a reply to say they were happy with this in that format.

Will it be acceptable now to send the link to new tenants instead? Will that be deemed as being 'given' to them before they move in?

Chris Harris

17:35 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

I use a MAC and within the print command is an option to "save as PDF" which is in effect downloading the file. Not sure if this works for Bill Gates machines

TaraB

18:09 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

On windows I managed to ‘print to file‘ and then was able to save this as a pdf that I could attach in an email as I had done before.

Darlington Landlord

18:22 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

On a Windows PC if you select print there is an option in thw print dialog to print to file. Select this and "print" and you will be asked to enter a file name

WP

18:24 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Darlington Landlord at 23/10/2020 - 18:22
THANK YOU!!! it worked 🙂

Ron H-W

18:43 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

There is the possibility of feedback.
If enough people use that to complain about lack of a download facility, they MIGHT take notice.

At least there is now the possibility of a link to the individual certificate, which isn't the case on the "old" EPCREGISTER site!

Clint

18:56 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

From what date of epc are you saying you are not able to download from this site:
https://www.epcregister.com/reportSearchAddressByPostcode.html
I have been able to download the latest epc reports from here on every occasion and have just tried one that I did on 29th September 2020 and it downloaded with no problem. Effectively you download it and print it to a pdf file which you then save

Phil lloyd

19:13 PM, 23rd October 2020
About a month ago

I am a DEA and can confirm that Windows OS PCs (certainly those using Windows 7 or better) have the option to print to .pdf if the print option is used. The new EPC format on screen has a line for print EPC included. You just need to change from the default print option (using the drop down menu in print) which is usually your connected printer. Works fine and I provide .pdf versions for my customers when sending them via email. The change for many DEAs is that the new register has removed the DEA accreditation body from providing the old type of link to print the EPC which many DEAs used to utilise for providing copies to their customers. We are seeking improvements also via our accreditation bodies.

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