It’s long been known that for a property to be advertised for rent, the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be made available to prospective tenants. However from the 1st July 2015, all Landlords or their agents will need to provide tenants with an EPC and a Gas Safety Certificate if applicable before the tenancy begins.
If at a later date a section 21 notice is wanting to be served on the tenant, the landlord or agent will need to prove that the tenant has been provided with an EPC and a Gas Safety Certificate. As with Tenancy Deposit Protection, the Landlord will be prevented from serving a section 21 notice unless this has been provided.
To comply with these changes, we’ll ensure the EPC is included as part of the tenancy information pack given to tenants prior to the check in. This information pack is signed together with the tenancy agreement ensuring the tenants have read and received the document.