EPC on half a house - valid?

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    EPC on half a house - valid?

    If an annexe has been built and planning permission for it explicitly said that the annexe must be part of the main house and not a seperate dwelling, then can you obtain an EPC on just the annexe? Would the EPC be valid?

    In my mind, any such EPC would effectively be for half the house!

    If the answer is no, then if the annexe is subsequently let out, is the landlord in breach of the regulations? What are the penalties and from who?

    Additionally, if the landlord has marketed the property (and had an EPC done) for number 1a Acme Avenue (where the main property is number 1 Acme Avenue), and number 1a doesn't exist as far as Royal Mail is concerned, then are any other regulations being breached? Would any tenancy agreement be invalid?

    Obviously planning regulations have been breached and that's a matter for the local planning department to look at.

    #2
    Tenancy and EPC would afaik be valid as far as rental matters are concerned: Perhaps not for planning/building regs.

    As an annex, assuming landlord lives in main part, it cannot be (may not be, legally impossible to be..) an AST or AT.

    Sounds like landlord is on the fiddle wanting his cake & eat it. Wonder what else has perhaps not been done perfectly paperwork-wise.

    Are you landlord/tenant/neighbout/woteva??
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      Thanks Artful.

      I'm a woteva in this instance... Someone who doesn't like the chap who would be a landlord. Nasty agressive piece of work.

      An LA has been used, so you can assume a decent tenancy agreement used and deposit protected. No reason to believe anything untoward there.

      Yes, he lives in main part. So the annexe should be a lodging arrangement if used correctly?

      He tried to get planning permission previously for a seperate dwelling but was refused. So he got it for an annexe and he clearly wants to ride roughshod over the permission granted.

      Landlord on the fiddle? Highly likely but I wouldn't know. I guess HMRC might be interested...

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        #4
        East to report tax fiddling to HMRC

        No, not lodger but a common law tenancy: See...
        http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...enancy_checker

        V likely landlord and agent don't understand these things & will get paperwork wrong. Perhaps point tenant in this direction?
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Interesting. That type of tenancy doesn't need deposit to be protected, for instance. Otherwise, generally the same as an AST.

          Ok, do looks like Planning dept and HMRC are the ones who will have an interest here. I'll discretely tip off the tenant that this might not be a long term home for them...

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            #6
            Not much point in having cake if you can't eat it!

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