Stacey Surveys Ltd
Often a landlord or seller will use an agent to manage the letting or sales process. If this is the case the lettings or estate agent will provide the prospective tenant or buyer with the EPC. However it remains the ultimate responsibility of the landlord/seller to make sure this is done.
On all occasions the landlord or seller is obliged to give prospective tenants or buyers a copy of the EPC before any contract has been entered into.
The EPC must always be made available to prospective tenants or buyers free of charge.
The above meaning of ‘commercial media’ is used to mean:
*Newspapers and magazines
*Written material produced by the seller/landlord/estate agent that describes the building ..being offered for sale or rent
From 9 January 2013 all sales or lettings advertisements in the commercial media should show the EPC rating of the property being advertised. There is no requirement to display the full certificate but where there is adequate space, the advertisement should show the A-G graph. However, it is recognised that this will not always be possible. In such cases the advertisement should include the actual EPC rating of the property (for example C). ...
However, as of 9 January 2013, there is no longer any requirement to attach the front page of the EPC to any written materials.
When a prospective buyer or tenant registers an interest in a property (by arranging a viewing or requesting further details), the seller or landlord must make sure a copy of the property’s EPC is available to them (if one has been produced). This should be in whichever format the prospective buyer or tenant has requested (e.g. hard copy or electronically as a document or web link).