EPC’s for rented properties were introduced from October 2008. With a life-span of 10-years, this means that they are beginning to run out.
The first and most important thing to understand is that, unlike a gas safety record, there is no need to get a new EPC simply because the current one expires. The law defines when an EPC is needed and one is needed when a property is put on the market for sale or letting.
With an existing letting, as the property is not being marketed, no EPC is required. This even applies if you are arranging a renewal to the existing tenant. The logic behind this is that the EPC gives a standard assessment of the energy consumption of the property whereas the tenant who is living there knows exactly what the energy costs are as they are paying the bills!
Therefore, the first time a renewal EPC will typically be needed will be when the tenant gives notice and the property is to be advertised for sale or a new rental.
The rule about the EPC running out also affects the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which is based on the requirement to ensure properties reach at least band E or an exemption is registered. If the property is not legally required to have an EPC (even if one was produced over 10-years ago), then MEES will not apply until the property is required to have an EPC.