Energy Act 2011
2011 CHAPTER 16
Commentary on Sections
Part 1: Energy Efficiency
Chapter 1: Green Deal
Disclosure of green deal plan etc
Section 12: Disclosure of Green Deal plan etc in connection with sale or letting out
54.Section 12 seeks to ensure that those who intend to buy a green deal property or let a green deal property under a tenancy or licence agreement are made aware of important information about the green deal plan.
55.Subsections (1) and (2) place a duty on those selling and letting out a green deal property to disclose the document required to be produced or updated under section 8(4), or each such document, to prospective buyers, tenants and licensees. The duty applies to sellers of green deal properties and those letting out such properties under a tenancy or licence agreement where the prospective tenant or licensee will be liable for paying the energy bill at the property. Subsection (2) requires that person to obtain the relevant document and then provide the document free of charge to the prospective buyer, tenant or licensee at the specified time.
56.Subsection (3) enables an obligation under subsection (2) to be discharged by an agent.
57.Subsection (4) defines a prospective buyer, tenant or licensee as someone who: requests any information about the property from the seller, prospective landlord or licensor or their agent for the purpose of deciding whether to buy or let the property; makes a request to view the property for that purpose; or makes an oral or written offer to buy or let the property.
58.Subsection (5) defines an ‘agent’ as someone acting on behalf of a seller, prospective landlord or licensor and a ‘green deal property’ as a property with a green deal plan for which green deal payments are still to be made. It also defines the term ‘specified’ in relation to time meaning as specified in the regulations.
59.Subsection (6) enables the Secretary of State to specify the circumstances in which the duty in subsection (2) does not apply.
Section 16: Sanctions for non-compliance with obligations under sections 12 to 15
65.This section allows the Secretary of State to make regulations to ensure that sellers, prospective landlords, prospective licensees and also those obligated under regulations made pursuant to sections 13 and 15 meet their disclosure and acknowledgement obligations. Subsection (2) contains a non-exhaustive list of the types of provision which the Secretary of State may make, including provision allowing for the imposition of civil penalties and provision to require a green deal provider to suspend or cancel the bill payer’s liability to make payments under a green deal plan.
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