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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2015 to Question 19268, what (a) financial penalties and (b) other mechanisms are available to ensure that all private rented properties have an energy efficiency certificate.
It is the duty of every local weights and measures authority to enforce the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, as amended.
The attached table summarises the penalties that may be imposed by the enforcement authority or its authorised officer for breaches of the regulations regarding Energy Performance Certificates through serving a penalty charge notice. These are the financial penalties that are available to ensure that all private rented properties, both domestic and non-domestic, have an energy efficiency certificate.
Private sector landlords cannot serve a section 21 eviction notice on their tenant in respect of a property that was rented out since 1 October 2015 if they failed to provide their tenant with an Energy Performance Certificate at the start of the tenancy.