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In a residential property transaction, what is the liability of the buyer if the seller fails to provide an EPC and no EPC is available through the EPC register?

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Published on LexisPSL on 19/07/2021

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  • In a residential property transaction, what is the liability of the buyer if the seller fails to provide an EPC and no EPC is available through the EPC register?

In a residential property transaction, what is the liability of the buyer if the seller fails to provide an EPC and no EPC is available through the EPC register?

The seller or the prospective landlord must make an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available to 'a prospective buyer or tenant' free of charge at the earliest opportunity. This can be provided electronically, where the prospective buyer or tenant consents to this.

For information on when an EPC is required and whether any exemptions or exclusions apply, see Practice Note: Energy performance certificates (EPCs)—what are they and when are they required?

Enforcement of the EPC regime is by the local weights and measures authorities (through trading standards officers).

Officers can request that a copy of the EPC, recommendation report or inspection report is provided to them by anybody subject to the duty to provide an EPC (ie the seller or prospective landlord) within seven days of request (provided that the

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