The government already uses confidential Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) to tag official data about every home in the country. From July 1, the UPRN will open to the public to pin together regulatory information about a home, held by different organisations. The UPRN will become a property passport holding data such as the latest Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), council licences, gas, and electrical safety certificates etc. The property passport is the brainchild of The Lettings Industry Council (TLIC).
The chair, Theresa Wallace stated that:
“The next phase of the TLIC vision is to engage with stakeholders in the industry, such as GasSafe, customer relationship system providers, deposit schemes and electrical safety certificate suppliers to adopt the UPRN as their property reference number on all certification and documentation.”
“Then, with the development of the property passport, the UPRN can be used much like a car number plate, to check safety requirements on privately rented properties have been completed. This will give tenants the peace of mind that their property has passed all of its checks and the Local Authorities the transparency they need for improved enforcement.”