MHCLG updates COVID-19 EPC Guidance (England and Wales)

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the ministerial department responsible for the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), has today (19th May 2020) updated its guidance on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid EPC on marketing a property during the COVID-19 epidemic.

In summary, energy assessments can continue in both domestic and non-domestic properties in England and Wales, and should only be conducted in accordance with:

The full updated guidance is available to view here:

Elmhurst’s, Managing Director, Martyn Reed, comments "We are pleased to see that the official guidance relating to the production of EPCs in England and Wales has now been released to provide some further clarity to Energy Assessors. This points raised within this release align with the guidance issued by PEPA as well as our own 'good practice guide' which was released to members last week. It should be noted that this updated guidance from MHCLG does not apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and although the guidance does apply in Wales, the Welsh Government has not relaxed the rules in terms of ‘reopening the domestic property market’ (as they have done in England). Elmhurst will of course report any further developments to our members".

Article published: 19/05/2020

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