Advice on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid Energy Performance Certificate on marketing a property during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) requirements when selling or letting a property
A valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement when a property is sold, let or constructed and must be completed by an accredited assessor unless an exemption can be applied.
Where a building is to be let or sold, the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) Regulations require that all reasonable efforts must be made to obtain a valid EPC for the building before the end of a period of 7 days starting with the day on which the building was first put on the market.
If all reasonable efforts have been made to obtain a valid EPC but this has not been possible, a further 21 days are allowed as a grace period. After this period, enforcement action can be taken by enforcement authorities in line with the EPB Regulations.
EPCs and the government’s advice on the national lockdown in England
This guidance is applicable in England. EPC assessments in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland may be subject to different advice which is available from the relevant Devolved Administration’s website.
The legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property remains in place.
Energy assessments can continue in both domestic and non-domestics properties and should only be conducted in accordance with:
new guidance published on 4 January 2021 - this guidance explains what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown. Please see, in particular, the advice around going to work where the work cannot be done at home and the workplace is open; and staying safe when you leave home and whilst at work.
government advice on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) - this advice supports employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Particular attention should be paid to the specific guidance in relation to work carried out in people’s homes.
government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - this advice supports those who wish to move home, to conduct the key activities around moving home safely.
Where it is possible to conduct an assessment safely, assessors should communicate with households prior to any visit to discuss how the work will be carried out to minimise risk for all parties.
In accordance with NHS advice, assessment visits should not take place in properties where anyone is symptomatic or self-isolating.
Landlords should consult tenants on whether it is appropriate for an assessment to be conducted, based on the tenant’s personal situation.
Landlords should also seek further information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the enforcement of standards in rented properties.
If you are unable to undertake an assessment for which you have been booked, you should seek to reschedule your appointment when it is safe to do so.