Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Energy Performance Certificates

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 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 to wash hands, cover face and make space

Overview

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:

Protecting everyone

Where 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.

No work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household.

When working in a household where somebody is shielding or is clinically vulnerable, but has not been asked to shield, for example, the home of someone over 70, prior arrangements should be made with vulnerable people to avoid any face-to-face contact.

Landlords should consult tenants on whether it is appropriate for an assessment to be conducted, based on the tenant’s personal situation. Private landlords and letting agents should not conduct assessments in properties where tenants are symptomatic or self-isolating, or where it has been determined that they are clinically extremely vulnerable and are shielding. 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.

Further guidance

Published 2 April 2020
Last updated 5 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect new national restrictions in force from 5 November 2020

  2. Amended this guidance.

  3. First published.