11:24 AM, 28th February 2022, About 3 months ago 30
EPCs give very brief ‘recommendations’ in order to increase your score and rating but……what maybe ‘recommended’ may not be right for your property. Are we then supposed to employ another specialist to look at the building in terms of seeing IF the recommendation chosen earlier WILL actually be compatible with it long term?
Can this additional cost (along with Planning consents etc) be attributed to the cost cap of (predicted) £10k max that is proposed that Landlords pay out to achieve a ‘C’ for each property?
I watched a presentation entitled ‘What lessons has the housing sector learnt from retrofit programmes so far’ and one of the issues raised was the cost of exactly this being a significant factor. More worryingly, they were suggesting there is no real national planning strategy, and it depends on how effective/responsive each council is to applications and the time it takes to get consent.
Another big issue is supply shortages mean that material costs are increasing and qualified labour shortages too. These are big councils and HA’s trying to do retrofit. What chance have private Landlords got?
By the time I have got an EPC done, got an actual surveyor out to determine what is actually appropriate, paid planning charges, actually found someone to do the work, costed it up – at that point, it might be cost-prohibitive to do that recommendation!
Is that where the exemption kicks in?
If so, a waste of time and effort to actually change nothing.
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