Energy Performance Certificates

From 1 October 2008, new legislation comes into force on the need for properties to have Energy Performance Certificates when they are sold or let. Landlords and sellers of residential and commercial property need to check how their transactions might be affected by this legislation.

In brief, the new legislation extends the need for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) into 3 new areas:
• Residential properties which were on the market before a Home Information Pack became required will now need to have an EPC in place to continue to be marketed.
• Commercial properties which are constructed, sold or let will now need to have an EPC subject to certain exemptions, eg places of worship.
• Residential properties which are to be let will require an EPC unless they are bedsits or single rooms or short-term holiday accommodation.

It is important that landlords and sellers check if an EPC is needed for their property as there are penalties for non-compliance. The costs for a busy landlord could easily mount up if the legislation is not adhered to. Further details of when an EPC is needed can be found in the Briefing Notes on our website at www.hcsolicitors.co.uk in the Publications section.

hc solicitors have been providing residential and commercial conveyancing services to the people of Peterborough since 1934 and have vast experience in helping to make your house or Commercial property sale and purchase go smoothly. Our Conveyancing and Commercial Departments can help to push through all the required transactions as quickly as possible and to make sure that potential pitfalls are spotted and resolved.

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This article has been prepared for general interest and information purposes only; it does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. While all possible care has been taken in the preparation of this article, no responsibility for the accuracy and/or correctness of the information and commentary set out in the article, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed or accepted by the firm or the authors.