EPC expires during periodic tenancy

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  • nim
    Hello jjlandlord and thanks for your reply.

    My concern was a periodic tenancy and the change in the law on the 1.4.2018. My proerty is an F rating so the text I found below concerns me and whether I should renew the tenancy before the EPC expires or wait till March 2018 to renew. Same tenants.

    A minimum energy performance rating of E will be required to rent a residential property as from 1st April 2018. This requirement will apply to all tenancies that begin or are renewed on or after 1st April 2018, for existing tenancies the regulations will not apply until 1st April 2020.

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  • jjlandlord
    There is no requirement to have a valid EPC throughout the tenancy.

    The requirement is to give a valid EPC to the person who becomes the tenant. Once this is done it no longer matters if the EPC expires.

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  • eco-energi

    The best way to go about this would be to email to the contact given in the legislation and ask them. (last paragraph) http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/809/note/made

    A new EPC is required if the tenancy is changed or it expires. Therefore, if the tenancy expires and a new tenant comes in then you require a new EPC. Similarly, if the EPC expires in Sept and the tenant is in situ than you require a new EPC.
    Every property in the should have a valid EPC during the tenure of tenancy.

    Also, based on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, as in April 2016, Domestic tenants can request energy efficiency improvements to properties, and these cannot be reasonably refused.

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  • Jane Needham
    This is a bit of a grey area, as it doesn't say anywhere in the Regulations, if there was an existing EPC what happens when it expires if no change of tenant. However the Landlords Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards may well change this- if a tenant asks for improvements, or after 2023 when I believe all let properties must have a valid EPC.

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  • JK0
    I wondered the same thing.

    As far as I know, you only need an EPC when you apply for a possession order, and when you originally let the place.

    Thus theoretically you could let it expire, and tenant would not be able to ask for any improvements to the EPC, as there is not one to improve. (Presumably they could get their own though.)

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