Estate and letting agents will have regulation lightened as EPC regulation changes come in January 9th 2013.

Although agents will have to include EPC details on all property advertising fromJanuary 9, the requirement to include or attach the front page of the EPC will be dropped. Furthermore, listed buildings will no longer need to have an EPC at all.

A statement by CLG minister Don Foster yesterday says that agents will not have to attach the front page of the EPC to marketing materials. Listed buildings will also be exempt from needing an EPC unless they are involved in a Green Deal arrangement.

Understanding; is that ‘advertising’ means newspapers, magazines, the internet and property particulars. All will have to show clearly the property’s rating.

What ministers fail to realise is that EPC’s come in many formats and often legislation may seem like a great thing ”to do” but in the real world technology doesnt always align for agents needs. 

The statement appears to have taken the industry by total surprise.

The statement says: “The new requirements will be introduced on
9 January 2013. The key measures include a requirement for property advertisements to include details of the Energy Performance Certificate rating where available; removal of the requirement to attach the front page of the certificate to any written material; exempting listed buildings from the need to have a certificate on their sale or rent.”

Philip Salaman, of EPC training and accreditation scheme Quidos, said the statement made a mockery of the Government’s stated intention to be the ‘greenest government’ ever.

He said: “These changes to the regulations by the DCLG are a backward step. Far from being the greenest government ever, they are proving that cuts to budgets are being followed by cuts to regulations that encourage saving energy. Compliance is very poor already, and this will only make things worse.

“An EPC provides valid information whether you are in a Georgian home in Bath or a modern build in Milton Keynes, so why remove the requirement for listed buildings to have an EPC?”

Article courtesy of INEA

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