Thanet EPC – Are EPCs for Landlords accurate?

It seems fair to say that most clients we’ve carried out surveys for in the Thanet towns of Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs or Birchington have had no reason to question how their EPC has been calculated or whether it was accurate.

From the viewpoint of a Landlord about to rent their house or flat, it’s been reasonable for them to assume – particularly as EPCs have had minimum impact to date – that accuracy might not matter.

But things are about to change. The EPC was always planned to have a long term impact on energy efficiency and The Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, has decided to start tackling the worst performing properties: those rental homes with EPC ratings of F and G.

After 2016, it will be an offence to re-let a property with an F or G rating, meaning that poor accuracy within a 10 year EPC produced today could lead to a financial penalty for the landlord in a few years time.

A number of other changes are likely to have a combined effect. The regulations that govern EPCs have been looked at again and some loopholes closed. The whole EPC – rather than just the coloured graph – will soon need be made available with the property particulars. Some landlords and tenants have not previously been aware there were 6 pages to the EPC and that it shows indicative heating costs of the property based on the accuracy of the energy assessor’s data. Neither are some aware it contains independent advice.

Poor quality energy assessment could run the risk of making a property look expensive to live in. From some assessors point of view, the low fees paid to them by the national chains they work for means they need to rush through the survey to make their low fee pay and are unlikely to have time for the desk based study to discover the remaining information, such as boiler efficiencies or planning histories from the local authority.

The EPC was always intended to be a measure of efficiency – a starting point. In energy efficiency the principle is that you need to first measure before you can reduce.

And if we are going to measure – let’s make sure it’s accurate.

Get a quote

More News

Plastic Free July

The Plastic Free July Challenge offers ideas to help people all around the world reduce single-use plastic waste in their daily lives, whether at home, work, school or their favourite coffee shop!

Public Open Spaces: The Secret Weapon for Sustainable Cities

Public open spaces, those havens of green amidst the urban jungle, are more than just places to relax. They're vital components of a thriving, sustainable city, contributing to a healthy environment, a strong community, and a happy populace. In a world striving to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), green spaces are emerging as a powerful tool.

Does Your Office Make the Most of Natural Daylight?

5 key benefits to maximising natural daylight in your office

Vertical farming using hydroponics to lower emissions

Vertical farming allows for the efficient use of space by stacking crops on multiple levels, producing a higher yield per square metre than traditional farms, and allows crops to be grown in urban areas where land is limited.

Ramsgate Historic Quarter & Sustainability

Does video streaming have a carbon footprint?

Be mindful of music or video streaming - it creates a carbon footprint! Here's how to lower it...