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COVID-19 EPC Guidance released by Government (England & Wales)

03 April 2020

Following requests from Elmhurst and PEPA, the Government has now issued guidance around the production of Energy Perfrormance Certificates (EPCs) in existing properties/buildings, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. A quick summary of the guidance states: The legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property remains in place. A valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement when a property is sold, let or constructed and must be completed


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UN Climate Conference in Glasgow postponed until 2021

02 April 2020

The UN last night decided to postpone the planned UN Climate conference (COP26) as Governments across the globe continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. This climate summit was due to be held in Glasgow in November 2020, with over 26,000 people due to attend, including dozens of world leaders. The conference will now take place in 2021 instead, with the UN indicating that new dates would be decided in due course. Alok Sharma, the


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Energy Efficiency Regulations for Scotland's private rental properties delayed

31 March 2020

The Energy Efficiency Regulations for private rental properties in Scotland has been delayed by Scottish Government. The Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart, sent a letter to the Convenor of Local Government and Communities Committee, delaying the implementation of the impending new regulations which were due to come into force from tomorrow (1st April 2020). In the letter Mr Stewart states: “These regulations aim to improve the energy efficiency of private rented housing and they prohibit the


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Local Authorities to take a "pragmatic approach" to regulations for rental properties

30 March 2020

The Government has brought forward a package of measures aimed at Landlords and Tenants. This new guidance they believe will protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the government, with these in force, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home. The guidance goes on to state; “Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be


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Financial support announced for self-employed Energy Assessors

27 March 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, has announced financial support for the self-employed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elmhurst wrote to the Chancellor earlier this week to ask that the government urgently implements financial aid for the self-employed, as many of our members operate as sole traders and would undoubtedly be facing some financial pressure during these uncertain times.  The Self-employment Income Support Scheme has been made available for all self-employed


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Government issues guidance when home moving during the COVID-19 crisis

27 March 2020

The Government has issued guidance to all stakeholders in the housing sector which basically states ‘if you can delay your home sale then you should’ and owners should ‘delay placing homes on the market’. This guidance is particularly relevant for home buyers, renters, homeowners, Property Agents and Surveyors/Energy Assessors. Further advice to the public includes; Home buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving If the process has started then “all parties should work together


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Scotland extends the deadline for responses to the Occupied Homes Consultation.

23 March 2020

Last December the Scottish Government established targets for owner occupied homes through its consultation ‘Energy Efficient Scotland- Improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes’. The headline is a bold move to ensure that all homes sold in Scotland from 2024, and onwards, have a ‘C’ rating on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Elmhurst has spent time reviewing the proposals made within this consultation; we published our draft response and also had a great conference at


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Elmhurst ask Chancellor to provide financial support to Energy Assessors

23 March 2020

Elmhurst has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, asking that he urgently implement financial support for self-employed Energy Assessors in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. In our letter (linked below) we have outlined the following points; Energy Performance Certificates of the UK’s building stock are not only a legal requirement in house sales (no EPC = no house sale), but they are also a critical tool in helping


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Reporting non-compliance with EPC regulations

19 March 2020

It is a requirement of The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 that an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is commissioned within seven days of a property being marketed, and lodged to the register within a further 21 days. Therefore, any property that has been marketed for sale or rent for more than 28 days must have an EPC. Many Energy Assessors and legitimate agents continue to be frustrated at those agents who


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What are the benefits of domestic energy assessor training?

19 March 2020

If you are considering becoming a domestic energy assessor (DEA), you will need to complete and Elmhurst training course . Completing DEA training is an investment in your future, but you must feel confident that a DEA career is right for you to make the investment worthwhile. Below we list some of the main benefits of becoming a DEA, to help you decide whether it is the right choice for you.  1. Flexible working hours  Unlike 9-5


 

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