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2019 on Property Tribes is not only a celebration of our 10th anniversary, but also the year of the "Smart Landlord" and smart landlords use smart on-line services to save time, money, and create efficiencies in their business.Thank you to all those landlords that have been ordering their Energy Performance Certificates through Property Tribes. There are many advantages of doing so as well as supporting Property Tribes as a free to use community resource.An EPC costs just £59 including VAT for any property up to 5 bedrooms and throughout England and Wales. This is normally considerably cheaper than local letting agents who can often charge nearly double that.It’s worth checking the EPC ratings on your properties. If you have an EPC which is an F or G rating you will not be able to issue a new tenancy without making improvements to the property or registering an exemption.You can check your property's EPC rating via inputting the postcode >>> here.By getting another EPC carried out we can work with you in order to get an E rating or provide advice on how you can improve the property to get an E rating.You can place your order either online or over the telephone and once the order is placed the regional energy assessor will call you back within 24 hours to arrange a date and time for the visit.We aim to visit the property within 3 days and when the energy assessor visits the property they will collect all the data needed for the EPC. This is often a great time to ask the energy efficiency professional about what can be done to improve the EPC rating, especially if your property is likely to be an F or G rating as these will need to improved to an E rating before being able to rent the property out.Once the site visit has taken place, you will be emailed a copy of the EPC within 24 hours and this will keep you covered for another 10 years.Order your EPC today at Property Tribes Fixed Fee EPCs. Experienced portfolio landlord Denise Naylor used the service and provided this feedback:
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Millions of Energy Performance Certificates could be wrong due to poor training among assessors and incorrect measurements of properties
Research by digital floor plan and EPC provider Spec warns that estate agents may not be meeting their consumer protection regulation obligations and could be held liable by allowing inaccurate EPCs to be used on their listings.
Spec analysed the property area of 532 properties in London, as lodged in the public EPC register, and found that 29% are ‘borderline’ and have a score within two points of an upgrade or downgrade.
The research then used its own measurement tools and criteria, and estimates that, on a scaled-up basis, 2.5m EPCs would be re-rated if the property were accurately measured, 1.3m of which would be downgraded.
The discrepancy is blamed on domestic energy assessors using old fashioned methods of measurement and means that landlords could be opening themselves up to risk of fines.Full/source article