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:
- Government advice on staying alert and staying safe during this period - this advices explains the measures that will help everyone to stay safe as the country continues to respond to the challenges of COVID-19. Particular attention should be given to the advice around going to work where the work cannot be done at home and the workplace is open, as well as staying safe when you leave home and whilst at work.
- Government advice on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)- this advice supports employers, employees and the self-employed, helping them to understand how to work safely during the pandemic. Particular attention should be paid to the specific guidance in relation to work carried out in people’s homes.
- Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak- this advice supports those who wish to move home, to conduct the key activities around moving home safely.
The full updated guidance is available to view here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-energy-performance-certificates
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