PEPA Welcomes Goverment Advice on EPCs – 3rd April 2020

Andrew Parkin, PEPA Chairman

The Property Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) has welcomed the Government advice on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on marketing a property for sale or rent during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Advice relates to commercial as well residential properties.

The legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property remains in place, so it is important that both those who are commissioning an EPC and the Energy Assessors who produce them are aware of the Government’s advice in these difficult times. The health and wellbeing of all parties is of prime concern for PEPA, its members and the Assessors they serve.

Andrew Parkin, PEPA Chairman said: “We welcome the Government Advice on the production of EPCs in these difficult times and it is reassuring that the guidance PEPA had already provided for its members, and for Energy Assessors, dovetails with the Advice which has now been published. With the property market continuing to operate, and EPCs being integral to the process of selling and renting properties, it is really important that Assessors are clear about what is expected of them.”

Parkin added “Of course, the number of EPCs being produced is a fraction of what they were just a few weeks ago, and many assessors are already feeling the serious financial impact of lower volumes, alongside all other parties involved in the property market. As many operate through small company structures, we have written to the Chancellor asking that the Government support for the self-employed is extended to cover the dividends as well as wages which provide income to those affected”.

PEPA has provided a special Resource Kit for Energy Assessors which is available here: https://www.pepassociation.org/2020/04/02/covid-19-resource-kit/

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  • 3rd April 2020 at 1:01 pm
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    DCHI also welcomes the step forward this guidance represents for MHCLG who in their previous guidance on house sales during the COVID-19 outbreak virtually ignored EPCs and the assessors who produce them. We do however feel that there is still too little recognition of the fact that the highest risk of infection is in the (apparently around) 5 days before symptoms present.

    Our main concern now is that this guidance only really relates to EPCs for EPB. We urgently need BEIS to defer the MEES date from 1st April so we are not expected to do EPCs on occupied an continuing rentals during the peak of the outbreak. These EPCs are essential but not so time critical that we should do them in the face of elevated risk. It appears Scotland has been quicker to do the sensible thing and BEIS needs to catch up.

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