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The EPC requirement for Social Housing
From 9 January 2013 all letting 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 tenant registers an interest in a property (by arranging a viewing or requesting further details), the 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 tenant has requested (e.g. hard copy or electronically as a document or web link).
Often a landlord will use an agent to manage the letting process. If this is the case the letting agent will provide the prospective tenant with the EPC. However it remains the ultimate responsibility of the landlord to make sure this is done.
On all occasions the landlord is obliged to give prospective tenants a copy of the EPC before any contract has been entered into.
The EPC must always be made available to prospective tenants free of charge.
The above meaning of ‘commercial media’ is used to mean:
*Newspapers and magazines
*Written material produced by the landlord that describes the building being offered for rent
In the social or private rental sector, an EPC is not required for any property that was occupied prior to 1 October 2008 and which continues to be occupied by the same tenant. However, landlords may commission EPCs for these dwellings if they wish.
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