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Lodgement, enforcement and cost

Solution EPC lodgement

All EPCs are stored on a national register. The register can be accessed free of
charge on www.epcregister.com
Anyone with an EPC can opt-out of having their data made publicly available by clicking
here and requesting the EPC for their property is opted-out of any data searches. It is
possible to opt back in at any stage

Enforcement

The trading standards department for the area is responsible for enforcing the
regulations that require domestic EPCs to be produced. An authorised trading
standards officer has powers to ask a landlord or seller who appears to be or to have
been under a duty in the regulations to produce for inspection an EPC and
recommendation report if the trading standards officer suspects that an offence has
been committed. A trading standards officer might intervene if, for example, a
prospective tenant complains that they have not been given access to a copy of the
EPC, or if the tenant does not receive the EPC when he takes up the tenancy.
If the landlord or seller has failed to provide an EPC to a tenant or buyer, or fails to
show an EPC to an enforcement officer when asked, trading standards can issue a
notice with a penalty charge of 200 per dwelling. In addition, an EPC for the property
will still have to be provided by the landlord/seller to the new tenant/ buyer.
The level of fine and the process for issuing a penalty notice, and challenging once it
has been issued is set out in the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations.
EPC cost
The cost of an EPC is set by the market. It takes account of the travel time to the
dwelling and back, the survey, the energy modelling, production of the EPC, the
lodgement of information and compliance with any quality assurance procedures.
The costs of EPCs may differ between the rental and sales markets. The reasons for
this include:
a requirement by the landlord for additional services
gaining access to tenanted dwellings may require repeat visits or work at evenings
and weekends for which a premium rate may be charged However, production costs could also be lower in the rental sector due to:
co-located dwellings reducing travel time or dwellings with some of the same
energy input data
the existence of accurate, centrally held energy data, which may reduce survey
time
Article details
Article ID: 200
Category: Energy Performance Certificates (Domestic)
Date added: 22-03-2013 09:39:19
Views: 430

 
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