When do you have to provide a prospective tenant with the front page of the EPC?

When do you have to provide a prospective tenant with the front page of the EPC?


It’s a bit of a trick question – the answer is never! The whole Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be made available to a prospective tenant and not just the front page. The most recent legislation on this is The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 which took effect on 9 January 2013 and this is what it has to say on the matter…


Prospective tenant


As before, an EPC is to be made available to a prospective tenant.


A person becomes a prospective tenant in relation to a building when he or she -

  • requests any information about the building from the relevant person or the relevant person’s agent for the purpose of deciding whether to buy or rent the building;
  • makes a request to view the building for the purpose of deciding whether to buy or rent the building; or
  • makes an offer, whether oral or written, to buy or rent the building.

When to make available the EPC


The making available and giving of the EPC requirements has been slightly re-worded and simplified.


The prospective landlord must make available free of charge a valid energy performance certificate to any prospective tenant at the earliest opportunity and in any event no later than whichever is the earlier of:

  • The first time the prospective landlord makes available to a prospective tenant any written information (such as Lettings particulars for example) about the building to the person; or
  • At the time which the prospective tenant views the building.

The landlord must ensure that a valid energy performance certificate has been given free of charge to the person who ultimately becomes the tenant.


As before, there is no requirement to make available an EPC if the prospective landlord believes on reasonable grounds that the prospective tenant

  • is unlikely to have sufficient means to rent the building;
  • is not genuinely interested in renting a building of a general description which applies to the building; or
  • is not a person to whom the prospective landlord is likely to be prepared to rent out the building.
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