Individual house/dwelling (i.e. a self contained property with its own kitchen/bathroom facilities) – one EPC for the dwelling.
Self contained flats (i.e. each behind its own front door with its own kitchen/bathroom facilities) – one EPC per flat.
Bedsits or room lets where there is a shared kitchen, toilet and/or bathroom) – noEPC is required currently.
Shared flats/houses (e.g. a letting of a whole flat or house to students/young professionals etc) – one EPC for the whole house.
Mixed self contained and non self contained accommodation – one EPC for each self contained flat/unit but no EPC for the remainder of the property.
A room in ahall of residence or hostel – no EPC is required currently.
The requirement to make a copy of the EPC available to a prospective tenant does not apply where a landlord has reasonable ground to believe that a prospective tenant is:-
Unlikely to have sufficient financial means to rent the dwelling
Not genuinely interested in renting the dwelling of that particular type
Not a person to whom the landlord would be likely to be prepared to rent out the property
Although no EPC is currently required for bedsits, holiday lets or hostels, the Government has consulted on their proposal of extending them to these type of lets.
There are fixed penalties for failing to provide an EPC/make one available when required. The fixed penalty for dwellings is £200 per dwelling. There is asix month time limit for any enforcement action to be taken.
Properties installing solar panels on or after 1st April this year will be required to produce an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘D’ or above to qualify for a full FIT.