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EPC requirements

Solution Requirement to provide an EPC when building, selling or renting out a dwelling
An EPC is required whenever a building is built, sold, or let to a new tenant. This
requirement was introduced in stages, beginning on 1 August 2007.
An EPC is only required for a dwelling that is self contained i.e. one that it does not
share essential facilities such as a bathroom/shower room, wc or kitchen with any
other dwelling, and that it has its own entrance, either from outside or through common
parts, that is not through another unit.

Existing dwellings

The purpose of the EPC is to show prospective tenants or buyers the energy
performance of the dwelling they are considering. Therefore, the landlord or seller
must commission an EPC and ensure that a copy of it is available free of charge to
interested parties at the earliest opportunity. As a minimum, this should be when
prospective tenants or buyers are first given written information about a dwelling or are
arranging to view it.
A copy of the EPC must be always given free of charge to the person who ultimately
becomes the tenant or the new owner of a property, before any contract is entered into.
An EPC does not have to be made available if the seller or prospective landlord
believes on reasonable grounds that:
the prospective buyer or tenant is unlikely to have sufficient funds to purchase the
building or is not genuinely interested in buying or renting a building of that type
the seller or prospective landlord is unlikely to be prepared to sell or rent the
building to the prospective buyer or tenant. However this does not authorise
unlawful discrimination
Where the landlord or seller has an agent, the agent may be given the task of ensuring
that these requirements are met. However, the landlord or seller will remain
responsible for any breaches.

New dwellings

When a new dwelling is constructed and is physically complete, it is the responsibility
of the person carrying out the construction to give an Energy Performance Certificate
(full standard assessment procedure or SAP EPC) to the building owner and to notify
building control that this has been done. Building control will not issue a certificate of
completion until they are satisfied this has been done.
Similarly, if a dwelling is modified to have more or fewer parts than it originally had and
the modification includes the provision or extension of fixed services for heating, air
conditioning or mechanical ventilation (i.e. those services that condition the indoor
climate for the benefits of the occupants) then a full SAP EPC will be required. When
the modifications are physically complete, it is the responsibility of the person carrying
out the modification works to give a full SAP EPC to the building owner and to notify
building control that this has been done. Building control will not issue a certificate of
completion until they are satisfied this has been done.
An EPC relates to a single dwelling, so if a building is converted such that it will
contain more, or fewer, separate dwellings than before, a new full SAP EPC will be
required in relation to each new self contained dwelling.
Article details
Article ID: 196
Category: Energy Performance Certificates (Domestic)
Date added: 22-03-2013 09:37:14
Views: 413

 
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