The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) shows the energy efficiency of a property, including any recommendations for improving the energy standards of the property, and it is a legal requirement in the UK that all properties for sale or to let have this certification.
When letting or selling a property the EPC must be commissioned before [...]
UK PRS landlords are being urged to check the energy efficiency of their rental properties that they want to let out before tenants commit to rent them, as it could save their tenants a substantial amount of money in the long term.
Landlords have stated that their tenants are becoming increasingly concerned with the extortionate [...]
Tenants prevented from switching utilities illegally according to new research. 10% of UK tenants have been illegally stopped by their landlords or property management agents from changing energy suppliers. 3% of private rented sector tenants cannot switch utility companies because of restrictive clauses in their tenancy agreement. 7% were informed verbally by their landlord that [...]
The UK Government’s Green Deal is set for launch in October 2012, replacing current schemes for property insulation, with new funding aiming to provide energy efficiency works for those on a very low income and additionally for premises where the cost of improving the energy efficiency will be cost prohibitive.
The new funding criteria means [...]
Reducing repair and maintenance costs for a Buy-To-Let landlord can make the difference between a property producing a healthy yield or being a lemon with a high void rate and a poor return.
With this in mind, property repairs and maintenance can be a crucial focal point for landlords when analysing the potential rental yields [...]
More than 17% (1 in 6) of UK PRS landlords reckon that some or all of the properties in their rental portfolio’s fall into the lowest Energy Performance Certificate categories, with an F or G rating, meaning that they could end up being banned from the rental market.
From 2018 under the Government’s Green Deal [...]
The UK government have submitted new proposals that recommend Buy To Let landlords and home owners who apply for permission to make repairs and improvements to their properties are encouraged to make additional improvements at the same time as other ongoing works in a bid to make properties greener.
However the proposals fail to fully [...]
With only 2 weeks to go, the UK coalition Government have finally produced guidance on the changes to Energy Performance Certificates, (EPC’s) for residential properties, complete with a contradictory anomaly.
The UK Government’s department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) are now under pressure to clear this up and have indicated that they may release [...]
The new version of the EPC, and the new legislation governing their use, are meant to come into force on Good Friday, 6th April 2012.
However, changes to the rules governing EPCs were supposed to be implemented in July 2011, and then in October 2011. Both dates came and went without any sign of [...]