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Changes to energy performance regulations

Proposed changes to regulations relating to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are likely to come into force in Spring 2012.

Conveyancing experts at Maxwell Hodge solicitors are advising property owners to make themselves aware of the changes to come, which will leave a shorter time to secure an EPC, and require it to be available at an earlier stage of the process, before a property is put on the market. It will be necessary to include the information with the written particulars of the property.

An EPC contains information on a property's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, plus a recommendation report with suggestions on how to reduce them.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced that from April next year, proposed changes to the EPB (Energy Performance of Buildings) regulations will be brought in.

The regulation changes will also give greater powers to those agencies able to request the documentation, such as Trading Standards.

There will be a shorter time to secure an EPC (from 28 days as it is now, down to 7 days) and residential and non-residential buildings will be included.

Suzanne Marsters, residential and commercial conveyancing specialist at Maxwell Hodge said: “The changes to these regulations may seem small but property owners should be aware of the impact they could have, for example, on how much sooner in the selling or letting process the EPC will have to be acquired.

“Theoretically, these changes should speed up the process and make things simpler and more efficient for those looking to sell or rent out their residential or non-residential properties.”

Maxwell Hodge is one of the region's leading law firms, comprising eight offices across Merseyside with a city centre office in the heart of Liverpools business district.

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