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Banks warn landlords about MEES update

01 May 2020

Elmhurst has been made aware of at least one UK bank sending letters to their buy-to-let landlords outlining the updated Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for England and Wales The legislation first took effect in April 2018 and stipulated that private rented properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘E’ or above before being let. However this did not apply to existing tenancies. On 1st April 2020 the regulations were extended to include


SAP Industry Forum publish final report on future technologies for SAP 11 and beyond

21 April 2020

Since its formation in 2018 the role of the SAP Industry Forum (SAPIF) has been to consider what the priorities should be for the development of SAP 11. This has included a review of new technologies and measures that may become more popular in new build homes in the coming years. On 17th April 2020 the SAP Industry Forum published its final report which was sent to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Elmhurst launches health and wellbeing webinars for members

15 April 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak continues to have a big impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the population continues to follow the guidance on social distancing and staying at home. This is a situation that many people have never experienced before, and it can feel strange, confusing and overwhelming. The way that we think, feel and behave during these unprecedented times, will vary from person to person and will even change over time. This is why it


Will Scottish homes need to be ā€˜Cā€™ rated to sell by 2024? ā€“ have your say!

09 April 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 and has previously published a draft response. In addition to this, The


Can furloughed employees still undertake training?

06 April 2020

Many companies in the UK have taken the decision to put their employees on temporary leave of absence (furlough) in order to curtail the financial impact of COVID-19. However, businesses now face a new challenge to keep their furloughed employees engaged and will also need to consider how best to prepare the business following this pandemic. One way Elmhurst is helping energy and housing professionals remain engaged is through online training and Continuing Professional Development


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


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


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


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


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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