By Sarah Easton, Senior Associate in Commercial Property & Development.
From 6 April 2012 commercial property agents were given the same responsibility for obtaining EPCs when marketing properties as residential estate agents. Agents must ensure an EPC has been obtained within seven days of marketing a property for sale or rent.
A copy of the first page of the EPC must be provided with the written particulars.
Trading Standards have new powers to require not just sellers and landlords, but persons acting on their behalf (i.e. agents) to produce EPCs for inspection. Failure to comply could result in the agent being given a penalty notice for a sum equal to 12.5% of the rateable value of the property subject a minimum fine of £500 and a maximum fine of £5,000.
Please note the requirement to register small domestic sewage discharges has now been put on hold pending a joint review with Government and the Environment Agency.