Checklist: energy performance certificates for holiday accommodation

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This checklist sets out when an energy performance certificate (EPC) is required for properties rented out as holiday accommodation.

What is an EPC?

An EPC is a certificate containing information about the energy efficiency of a building. When is an EPC required for a holiday let?

  • An EPC is required for any property rented out in England and Wales as a holiday let. The guidance confirming this has effect from 30 June 2011.
  • The owner or managing agent of the holiday let must obtain the EPC when a property is first rented out. The property owner is responsible for ensuring that the holiday let has an EPC.
  • How much will an EPC cost and how long will it be valid?
  • An EPC normally costs between £50 and 75 and is valid for ten years.
  • It will take about an hour to complete an inspection and you should receive the EPC within a week.

Is a holiday let a residential or commercial property?

The majority of holiday homes will regarded as residential properties, despite the fact that they are run as commercial enterprises and business rates are payable. Both residential and commercial properties require EPCs.

What types of accommodation do not require an EPC?

You will not need an EPC if you rent out:

  • Mobile homes.
  • Caravans.
  • Park homes.
  • Individual rooms (for example, bed and breakfast accommodation).
  • Penalties
  • The penalty for non-compliance is £200 for each dwelling or 12.5% of business rates for commercial buildings.
  • Although owners are expected to hold an EPC or have commissioned one by 30 June 2011, the regulations allow owners a reasonable amount of time to comply.

Defences

  • You will have a defence against non-compliance if you can demonstrate that an EPC has been commissioned within a reasonable time before letting the property.

More information

If you have any queries about the content of this checklist, please contact Andrew Burke on 01271 349939