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THE IMPORTANCE OF A QUALITY EPC

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For many people the need for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is just a “box ticking” exercise, required to sell or rent a property. However, the EPC has become an important document in marketing a property which means having an inaccurate certificate could be costly. With an audit requirement of only 5% for all EPC’s lodged there’s a lot of wrong ones that can slip through the net.

In essence, the EPC provides data on the average running costs to heat, light and supply hot water to meet the demands of the occupant/s. It will also provide […]

Landlords And Tenants Please Take Note

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The new Energy Regulations (See post “Landlords/ Letting Agents beware of the MEES-ills” 25 March 2018) have been in effect for over a month creating ripples through the energy industry. Landlords are now reacting, looking for energy improvements where their property does not comply.

The Government policy makers have assumed that most Landlords don’t have an infinite pot of gold. By including a clause, they have placed a cap of £2500 on the initial payment for the improvement/s. A property could potentially claim exemption through the regulations.

One example is a property PMMServ. claimed exemption under regulation […]

Cavity wall insulation – Gone bad

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No Win, No Fee

Millions of UK homes were incorrectly fitted with cavity wall insulation(CWI). Causing damp, mould and condensation, damaging furniture, fixtures, belongings and harbouring ill health. The financial costs can continue with structural defects causing the devaluation of a property and potentially being refused a mortgage. It can be devastating.

The effects of mould and damp can be linked to respiratory problems just knowing this can cause anxiety to many people whose properties are affected. Knowing that yourself or a loved one is at risk of harm whilst at home is unnerving! So, what’s […]

Lenders concerned about the impact of an EPC rating

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The introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate is now 10 years old, therefore it is time for landlords to reassess their portfolios.

Intended to last for a decade and required before homes could be sold or let, EPCs have taken on more significance since they became a guiding factor in whether or not a home could be let.

The recent Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES, please see article Landlords/ Letting Agents beware of MEES) mean that from April 2018 it will be difficult to let a property with an Energy Efficiency Standard on its EPC below Band E […]