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HM Government published guidelines on the 2nd April which confirmed that an EPC would still be required for sales and letting of both commercial and domestic property.
An EPC is a legal requirement when a property is sold, let or constructed and must be completed by an accredited assessor using standard assessment procedures.
Advice for people to stay at home and away from others means that you should not invite unnecessary visitors into your home, or into those you let to tenants.
Where a property is occupied, parties must endeavour to agree that the transaction can be delayed, so that an EPC assessment can proceed when stay-at-home measures to fight coronavirus (COVID-19) are no longer in place.
If moving is unavoidable and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, and a valid EPC is not available from the register, an assessment may need to be conducted. In these circumstances, government guidelines on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus must be followed alongside the guidance for carrying out work in people’s homes.
EPC assessments can continue in cases where your property is vacant.
Landlords should also see further information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the enforcement of standards in rented properties.
No assessments should take place if any person in the property is showing symptoms, self-isolating or being shielded – if securing an EPC is critical you should seek to reschedule your appointment when it is safe to do so in accordance with Government guidelines on staying away from others.
To read the full Government Guidance click HERE