17:31 PM, 21st February 2012, About 12 years ago 46
Landlords and letting agents must comply with a streamlined energy performance certificate scheme from April.
The government has given the green light to the new rules that bring EPC requirements for selling and letting residential and commercial property into line.
From April 6, all properties need a valid EPC certificate before marketing to let or for sale – and agents must be ‘satisfied’ a survey is booked before advertising the property.
The new regulations arm trading standards officers with powers to demand files from an agent to examine evidence an EPC was ordered before marketing.
The EPC should be available within seven days of marketing and a copy of the front page should be attached to all marketing particulars – including those available in print, online and email.
Prospective tenants and buyers are entitled to see a full copy of the EPC when viewing a property.
A more flexible time limit of up to 28 days is offered to complex commercial surveys.
EPC design also changes – the new certificate replaces complicated graphs on the front page with clearer information about the property’s energy costs and any measures that could be taken to cut them.
The top three tips for energy-saving improvements will be listed.
Homes or commercial property already on the market with an old-style EPC before April 6 do not need to buy a new certificate.
Failing to comply with the new regulations could cost landlords or agents fines up to £200 for homes or 12.5% of the rateable value with a minimum £500 and maximum £5,000 for commercial property.
Download more information from Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
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