NEW EPC Rules 🔥

The Energy Performance Certificate is a great example of a landlord annoyance that we intend to optimise and make more efficient. Yes they expire every 10 years, but doesn’t this make it more likely you will forget and suffer the impending charges? What if a tenant has a question about the EPC?

Currently:

  • Dust of EPC file from your filing cabinet
  • Check EPC expiry against your calendar
  • Call-up/text and book in a tradesman
  • Email a tenant to explain
  • If a tenant has a question about the EPC, answer your phone, respond to voicemail, email, text, whatsapp

With HeyLandlord:

  • Artificial Intelligence and ChatBot technology automatically notifies you of impending EPC expiry
  • Through a few clicks, book in a tradesman whilst automatically keeping the tenant in the loop
  • If a tenant has a question regarding your properties EPC, the HeyLandlord Chatbot will automatically respond with the answer, meaning the Landlord/Property Manager, can sit back and ignore using his keyboard 🙂

Such an automated process is important, as the Government have made plans to change the Energy Performance Certificate. This is scheduled for April 2018, and will not be delayed. The lettings sector and landlords alike should prepare now.

Detailed guidelines will be published in October to clarify the new rules and the obligations of agents, landlords and others. A possible cap on improvements is also expected, with an initial figure of £5,000 having been discussed but not yet confirmed.

It has been confirmed that from eight months time, all privately let properties in the UK must by law have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of E.

Currently this new rule will only apply to new tenancies and renewals, but will be extended to existing tenancies by 2020. Listed buildings will be exempt, on condition that landlords have done as much as they are permitted to, to ensure they are energy efficient.

There are genuine fears that tradesmen may struggle to meet demand for work on mainstream properties close to the deadline in spring. Landlords need to act! Soon, booking in this work with tradesmen via HeyLandlord will make it far simpler 😉

It is estimated 330,000 privately rented properties are F and G and will be affected by the changes. These are mostly Victorian and Edwardian homes. Around 18% of rented homes were built prior to the introduction of cavity walls, meaning they are harder to insulate.

Landlords, you already have enough on your big plates, sign up to HeyLandlord for free, and start eliminating the hassle 🙂

I look forward to chatting! Please feel free to email me on:

tom@heylandlord.co

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