1. Government releases guidance on accompanied viewings for estate agents

    May 13, 2020

    The government has this morning published more detailed guidance on the health and safety aspects of the property market re-opening today, which it says will not be a ‘return to normality’.

    “The process of finding and moving into a new home will need to be different given those involved in the process will have to adapt practices and procedures to ensure that the risk of spread of coronavirus is reduced as far as possible,” the guidance says.

    It has also been confirmed that virtual viewings are to be encouraged as a key way for buyers to find their ideal home to rent or buy prior to nailing down a final list to view.

    The government wants agents to request that members of the public conduct virtual viewings as much as possible and that open house events are still not permitted.

    Agents are to be allowed to accompany viewings as per normal but must observe strict two-metre social distancing procedures where possible, ensure all doors in the property are opened, windows are opened too and that wash basins are made available for hand cleaning.

    But agents should not drive clients to viewings and are urged to offer clean paper towels for vendors, buyers and tenants to use during viewings to wash their hands. Keys must also be washed in between viewings.

    The guidance also reveals that all ancillary activities within the property rental and sales process may resume including surveys, EPC assessments, removals, conveyancing, and the preparation of homes for sale – including the use of tradespeople to complete this – as well as visits to future homes to measure up or have building work done prior to moving in.

    See full guidance here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

     


  2. Government Guidance – Working Safety in People’s Homes 12 May 2020

    May 13, 2020

    Following the announcements on 10th and 11th May the Government has now release some detailed guidance documents relating to various workplace scenarios.
    This one (dated 11th May 2020) relates most closely to visiting properties to carry out EPC surveys and floorplans for selling or letting purposes:

    Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) in other people’s homes

    This website may have updated versions of the guidance as they are released:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

     

     


  3. Government reveals plans to accelerate low carbon heating rollout

    May 4, 2020

    With thanks to Business Green website  https://www.businessgreen.com/

    Government reveals plans to accelerate low carbon heating rollout


  4. COVID 19 and EPCs – Government Guidance

    April 3, 2020

    Please see document below:

    Coronavirus (COVID-19)_ Energy Performance Certificates – GOV.UK


  5. COVID 19 Guidance

    March 31, 2020

    The latest guidance and advice from the Government and our Professional Association.

    Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – GOV.UK

     

    Consolidated_Landlord_and_Tenant_Guidance_COVID_and_the_PRS_v4.2

     

    DCHIresponsetoCOVID-19guidanceonBuyingandSellingHomes200327(Final)

     


  6. Communicating the new EPC rules to landlords and tenants

    November 28, 2019

    The TDS Charitable Foundation have commissioned and funded a report entitled “Communicating the new EPC rules to landlords and tenants”  which can be found here

    Communicating-new-EPC-rules-to-landlords-and-tenants


  7. NON-DOMESTIC MEES – The Future Trajectory to 2030

    November 12, 2019

    The Government have issued a new consultation document entitled the THE NON-DOMESTIC PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS  – The Future Trajectory to 2030.  The document can be found here:

    Non Domestic MEES – Future Trajectory to 2030

     

     


  8. MEES – Domestic Landlord Contribution Set at £3500

    November 9, 2018

    The Dept of BEIS has just published the results of the consultation about funding improvements to sub-standard domestic properties. Please see document link :

    £3500 Final_PRS_Minimum_Standards_Consultation_Government_Response


  9. Updated Scheme Guidance for Listed Buildings

    August 17, 2018

    Following a review the current MHCLG guidance for the sale or rental of domestic dwellings , Quidos – our Professional Accreditation Body –  have updated their guidance to energy assessors in relation to Listed Buildings.

    This guidance has been produced in line with the current industry interpretation, including the sentiment of the PEPA members (Property Energy Professionals Association).

    Listed-Buildings-Guidance-for-Energy-Assessors-v1.0


  10. Government rethink on energy improvement costs

    December 21, 2017

    (with thanks to RLA – www.rla.org.uk)

    Landlords are today welcoming the Government’s decision to moderate the amount it expects landlords to pay for energy efficiency improvements, where homes have to be brought up to a minimum E EPC rating.

    This requirement comes into force for new lets and tenancy renewals from April 2018 and for all residential lets from April 2020.

    Original Government proposals were that landlords would be required to pay up to £5,000 per property upfront to meet new energy efficiency standards.

    However in a new consultation, Ministers have followed the recommendations of the RLA and cut the limit to £2,500.

    The RLA argues that this could help avert a new ‘Green Tax’ on tenants as costs get passed on to them in higher rents.

    Whilst the cap has been lowered, the RLA is calling for changes to the flagship scheme for tackling fuel poverty.

    Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), large gas and electricity suppliers are obliged to help households with energy efficiency measures.

    An analysis by the RLA has found that up to June 2017, just 14 per cent of all funding under the ECO scheme was spent in the private rented sector despite the sector representing 20 per cent of all households and also having proportionately more older properties than other sectors.

    With 43 per cent of private rented homes having solid walls, more than any other housing type, fuel poverty is worse in the private rented sector than in any other tenure.

    The RLA is calling for a portion of funding under ECO to be ring-fenced to recognise the unique challenges in the private rented sector. It also wants measures recommended on an Energy Performance Certificate to be tax deductible when carried out.

    RLA Policy Consultant, Richard Jones, said: “The Government has clearly listened to the RLA and cut in half the original cap on how much landlords would be expected to pay for energy efficiency improvements. This is welcome news for tenants as it will mean costs being kept down.

    “However the RLA still has concerns that the government is proposing to abandon the principle that the landlord should not have to pay the cost of the work upfront.

    “We recognise the importance of tenants living in warm homes. That is why it is vital that the funding is available under ECO to make improvements to their properties.”

    To access the consultation click here.

    Funding and finance options are currently available for RLA members and other landlords to carry out energy efficiency imprvements.

    For further information on grant and finance available through the RLA’s energy partners see the RLA’s energy efficiency funding page.