Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,000

by Des Taylor & Phil Turtle, Landlord Licensing & Defence

15:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,000

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Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,000

And so the EPC witch-hunt begins: Threatening fines of up to £5,000 for any rental property with an EPC lower than Band E, councils are now using artificial intelligence to pull together all manner of records and information to cross-correlate properties on the EPC register with ratings F or G so that they can issue fines in the name of improving housing conditions for tenants.

Of course, this is just another tactic in councils’ strategy to find properties that should have HMO, additional or selective licences and then to be able to issue massive fines for licence (tax) avoidance and then further fines under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System or the HMO Management Regulations in councils’ relentless drive for revenue from Landlords’ assess bases.

Most Landlords have only between 1 and 4 properties, they have no comprehension of the technology and staffing that councils are employing to find them guilty of crimes under the Housing Acts and other legislation, since the government gave Councils the powers to set most of the rules, be police, judge and jury and then keep all the money they can raise in fines.

It is difficult to understand how anyone could still want to be a landlord in the housing market which has become a police-state in which most council enforcement officers consider ALL landlords to be Rogue Landlords and Criminals.

In today’s example: Labour-controlled Exeter council, working with Exeter Community Energy, says it’s currently identifying properties being let with an EPC rating below E and it wants to ensure homes across the city stay warm and energy bills kept to a minimum.

Of course, since April 2020, under MEES (the Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency Standards), landlords can no longer let a property with an EPC rating of F or G unless they have a valid exemption.

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The council is also making a public appeal to anyone renting or aware of properties with F or G ratings to contact the council.

Although the authority insists it is “keen to engage with landlords in the first instance to offer information and support,” its statement goes on to threaten: “If landlords fail to engage within a reasonable time period and make necessary improvements, the council may take action, including the issuing of fines up to £5,000 per breach, per household and a notice requiring works to be carried out.”

The attack on landlords by councils never ends.

If you are facing a Rent Repayment order from your tenants or the council contact Landlord Licensing & Defence urgently for professional representation 

Comments

Jireh Homes

16:34 PM, 3rd April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Charles Pilton at 03/04/2021 - 13:00
Hi Charles - in response to your question if you need to renew an EPC where long term tenant in situ and the EPC expires, you do not. However in Scotland we have a "backstop" date being proposed which will then capture expired EPCs so ultimately forced to renew.

Jireh Homes

16:40 PM, 3rd April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Peter Lassman at 03/04/2021 - 15:53
Hi Peter - in response to your query on the £5000 maximum fine, this is set by UK Government, not the local council - although they may the recipients!

Luke P

18:42 PM, 3rd April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Badger at 03/04/2021 - 13:22
What did you do? It’ll still be on the register if the assessor logged it.

Badger

18:45 PM, 3rd April 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 03/04/2021 - 18:42
Another surveyor was booked and he provided an EPC that made sense.

linda green

16:07 PM, 5th April 2021
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Jireh Homes at 03/04/2021 - 11:55
Thank you Jireh - very helpful info as otherwise would be put in a literally impossible situation!

Simon Lever

19:09 PM, 9th April 2021
About 6 days ago

I have a property that was my mother's before she passed away and is currently let out.
EPC in 2008 was a C (80) with a potential to rise to a B(82) on the certificate.
Reassessed in 2018 with a rating of D(65) and a potential of D(65).
This is in a block of flats built about 20 years ago.
The only change, made by my mother, was to change the inefficient gas boiler to an efficient electric boiler.
Guess I may have to change it back to a gas boiler before 2025.

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