Malcolm Ratcliffe

Registered with Property118.com
Monday 6th March 2017


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 16

Malcolm Ratcliffe

11:04 AM, 27th November 2021, About A week ago

Rent increase hostage to windows?

Reply to the comment left by Katy Ann at 26/11/2021 - 17:54
The energy saving provided by double glazing is mainly due to the air gap between the glass panes. If the seal breaks down moisture can condense hence the misting. There is still an air gap and the thermal efficiency will be slightly reduced, but in practice you wouldn’t notice.... Read More

Malcolm Ratcliffe

10:41 AM, 13th November 2021, About 3 weeks ago

What do changing EPC and heat pump requirements mean for the PRS?

Reply to the comment left by Dr Rosalind Beck at 10/11/2021 - 08:18
It’s not rocket science to work out what changes need to be made to a property to get an EPC. A GOOD and professional EPC surveyor should be able to use his computerised model of your property to make suggestion of ways you could upgrade your property to reach the required level. But you will pay more than £34 (which seems to be the going rate for the cheapest EPC. Is this likely to be good and professional? Ad below.

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Malcolm Ratcliffe

10:24 AM, 13th November 2021, About 3 weeks ago

Eco Clampdown on landlords and fines of up to £5,000

Reply to the comment left by Cathie at 25/10/2021 - 15:03
Download all EPCs in area … could be done easily. However it assumes the EPC is a professional one. Unlike the “drive by one” below. (looked at the property on Google Earth)?

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Malcolm Ratcliffe

10:19 AM, 13th November 2021, About 3 weeks ago

Eco Clampdown on landlords and fines of up to £5,000

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 26/10/2021 - 14:41
Yes EPC scheme is a shambles. I believe that surveyors can look in lofts to see insulation, if the insulation cannot be seen (e.g. internal insulation to a solid brick wall) then measurements could be made of wall thicknesses etc and a professional EPC surveyor could make a good estimation of unseen insulation. In the depth of winter, in a heated house a thermal camera can measure wall temperatures and see cold spots ( such as nail heads etc). I’m not a professional but have insulated my house over 40 years to improve living conditions and reduce fuel bills substantially.

I have experience of EPC surveyors and read many reports from my daughters house purchase. As EPC is a legal requirement, some estate agent will offer a ‘cash in hand’ survey. In one instance I had a surveyor insist that hot water was heated by electricity because there was a redundant switch that said hot water. (He was there as I complained about the EPC as potential purchaser). There was a gas boiler, we showed the pipes and disconnected immersion heater. It did no good.

There used to be annual reports from the gov dept or whoever oversees EPC. I discovered that these reports had stopped for many years.

All a surveyor needs is registration with a group who is registered, an iPad with software on it where they can tick boxes (including the popular) “assumed insulation standards at time of construction are met”, or similar wording.

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Malcolm Ratcliffe

13:54 PM, 23rd October 2021, About a month ago

£450m government grants for 90,000 Heat Pumps

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 19/10/2021 - 16:15
Ground or air sourced. The former much better. Now is there anyone with air sourced heat pump experiences. Look on you tube.... Read More