Commercial EPC FAQ’s

Whenever a business or commercial premises is sold, rented out or constructed it now requires a Commercial EPC and Recommendations Report to be available to show to any prospective purchaser. Fines for failure to comply with this law are usually 12.5% of the rateable value up to a maximum of £5000 per offence! And can be repeated until a certificate is produced

What Does an Assessment Entail?

The landlord (for new leases), the seller (for freehold sales or lease assignments) or the party that constructed the building are responsible for producing an EPC, regardless of whether an agent acts on their behalf.

The EPC should be given to the prospective tenant or buyer at the earliest opportunity, and no later than when a viewing is in progress. Each time a premises is offered to a prospective buyer without an EPC it is counted as a separate ‘offence’, so the potential fines could run into the thousands!

How Do You Obtain An EPC?

The landlord (for new leases), the seller (for freehold sales or lease assignments) or the party that constructed the building are responsible for producing an EPC, regardless of whether an agent acts on their behalf.

The EPC should be given to the prospective tenant or buyer at the earliest opportunity, and no later than when a viewing is in progress. Each time a premises is offered to a prospective buyer without an EPC it is counted as a separate ‘offence’, so the potential fines could run into the thousands!

For new build property or significant modifications to existing buildings, the party constructing the building must provide an EPC to the owner before Building Control will produce a Certificate of Completion.

Who is responsible for producing an EPC and when should it be done?

The landlord (for new leases) the seller ( for freehold sales or lease assignments ) or in the case of new-build the party who constructed the building are responsible for producing an EPC, regardless of whether an agent acts on their behalf.

The EPC should be given to the prospective tenant or buyer at the earliest opportunity, and no later than when a viewing is in progress. Each time a premises is offered to a prospective buyer without an EPC it is counted as a separate ‘offence’ so the potential fines could run into £thousands!

For new build property ( or significant modifications to existing buildings) , the party constructing the building must provide an EPC to the owner before Building Control will produce a Certificate of Completion.

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