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A landlord enters into an agreement to surrender a lease and grant a new lease of a reduced area in the same premises. Is the Landlord under an obligation to obtain an Energy Performance Certificateof the new reduced area?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 13/06/2018

The following Property Q&A Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A landlord enters into an agreement to surrender a lease and grant a new lease of a reduced area in the same premises. Is the Landlord under an obligation to obtain an Energy Performance Certificateof the new reduced area?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates the energy-efficiency of a building on a scale of A to G, A being the most efficient. It is unlawful for a landlord to let a commercial property without a valid exemption if it is rated at F or G for efficiency.

A landlord is required to have an EPC if they rent or sell premises; if a building that was under construction is completed; or if there are changes to the number of parts used for separate occupation which involve the provision of heating, air conditioning or ventilation systems. An EPC is valid for ten years. There are some exemptions, including short and long tenancies. An EPC must be provided by the seller or landlord free of charge to a prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportun

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