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Addendum to Minutes


Important new information regarding EPC’s


The subject was debated in the House of Commons on 10th November 2011 and clarification was sought from the Secretary of State



Confirmation of what the Government meant by saying that self-catering properties

are exempt from the requirement to gain an Energy Performance Certificate as long

as “certain conditions” are met has appeared in Hansard.

Andrew Stephenson (Pendle, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether

holiday lets are exempt from the need to have energy performance certificates

when they are rented out (a) for less than a cumulative period of four months

within a 12 month period and (b) through a licensing arrangement where the

holidaymaker does not have exclusive use of the property during the period for

their booking.

Grant Shapps (Minister of State (Housing and Local Government), Communities

and Local Government; Welwyn Hatfield, Conservative)

holding answer 10 November 2011

Following the Westminster Hall debate initiated by my hon. Friend, 14 June

2011, Hansard, column 230WH, Ministers have reviewed the implementation

of the legislation to see if unnecessary regulations on holiday lets could be

removed. This has taken place under the auspices of the Government’s Red

Tape Challenge.

We have listened carefully to the concerns raised by hon. Members and the

tourism industry and have concluded that an energy performance certificate

should not be required for a holiday let where:

the property is rented out for less than four months in a year; or

it is let under a licence to occupy—regardless of the amount of time it is

A licence to occupy is an arrangement where the holidaymaker does not have

exclusive use of the property; for example, where the property owner or their

representative has the right to access the premises during the period of the

My Department will be publishing detailed guidance on this issue shortly. We

will also be making appropriate amendments to the Energy Performance of

Buildings Regulations.


Note:- Owners can still arrange an EPC if they wish, as at some time in the future it may still be a required. All homes in the UK will have an EPC at some.

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