9:55 AM, 13th February 2023, About A year ago 17
We recently had a new EPC done on our 5-bed student rental, which initially downgraded it from a D (65 points) on the previous EPC to an E (53 points) although nothing has changed.
After complaining, the assessor agreed that he hadn’t looked in the roof (he said it was inaccessible) and after I climbed in and sent photos, he agreed there was roof insulation and increased it to a D (57 points). All well and good but it is now extremely difficult for us to get it up to a C.
We are planning to overhaul the roof and put in room-in-roof insulation (another 7 points) but this will only take it to 64 points, well short of the 69 needed for a C, but if we had the previous rating, then another 7 points would take us comfortably into band C (72 points).
The only thing I can see on his form that has changed is that he’s rated the ‘Partial Double Glazing’ as Poor whereas the previous one was ‘Average’ (all the upper floor is double glazed). In any event, if we double-glaze it all, that’s only 1 extra point, according to the form.
There are no buildings with EPCs in this postcode about a D at the moment – they are large semi-detached Victorian houses.
Is there anything we can do about this rating?
What sort of expert do we need to let us know what improvements we need to make to get it to a C?
The roof works are going to be extremely costly (upwards of £20K) so maybe we should just throw in the towel and sell up.
Opinions/advice needed please