HIPs Suspension and Lettings EPCs

The DCLG has today announced that it is suspending the operation of Home Information Packs from immediate effect.

It should be noted that there are no plans (and the Government has no power) to suspend EPCs. The announcement states that a new statutory instrument called the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 will be introduced to amend the EPC regulations to require vendors to have instructed an EPC before commencing marketing. Unfortunately, this regulation is not yet available and until it is made available there is no answer to whether this will alter the position on EPCs for letting of residential property.

However, there is no reason to think that this will affect residential lettings in any manner and agents are advised to obtain EPCs before showing property or providing written details as they should have been doing all along.

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