Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Energy Performance Certificates

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Energy Performance Certificates

We urge members to read the latest MHCLG advice on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid Energy Performance Certificate on marketing a property during Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, published 5 Nov 2020.

Energy assessments can continue in both domestic and non-domestics properties and should only be conducted in accordance with:

PROTECTING EVERYONE

Where is possible to conduct an assessment safely, assessors should communicate with households prior to any visit to discuss how the work will be carried out to minimise risk for all parties.

No work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household.

When working in a household where somebody is shielding or is clinically vulnerable, but has not been asked to shield, for example, the home of someone over 70, prior arrangements should be made with vulnerable people to avoid any face-to-face contact.

Landlords should consult tenants on whether it is appropriate for an assessment to be conducted, based on the tenant’s personal situation. Private landlords and letting agents should not conduct assessments in properties where tenants are symptomatic or self-isolating, or where it has been determined that they are clinically extremely vulnerable and are shielding. Landlords should also seek further information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the enforcement of standards in rented properties.

If you are unable to undertake an assessment for which you have been booked, you should seek to reschedule your appointment when it is safe to do so.

Please read the full guidance on the Government website HERE.

If you have any additional queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact ecmk on 0333 123 1418.

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