EPC Certificate - Can Tenant authorise one?

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    EPC Certificate - Can Tenant authorise one?

    Hi there,

    My current Tenant as part of his job does EPC certs for all sorts of premises and it is legal. He has offered to do the one for the house he rents from me at no cost.

    Just wondering should I accept and save a few bob or get a totally independent person out to do it?

    Just thinking of any legalities that might be involved?

    Any advice, as always, much appreciated.

    Thank you
    mtk

    #2
    Given what is to come..... if he can give you a C rating i would bite his arm off

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      #3
      I woudnt. Conflict of interest. If he gives you an F, (perhaps because he wants to get out of the tenancy), you will have to end his tenancy and not be able to rent it out. If he gives you a C when that's a bit questionable, he will have you under his spell.

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        #4
        Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
        . If he gives you a C when that's a bit questionable, he will have you under his spell.
        If he did give a false rating.... and reported it was fraudulent..... he would be reporting himself as the offender !!!! Not to smart me thinks given it is his job he would be putting in jeopardy.

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          #5
          Why not? If unhappy with the result you can get another one done as normal.

          Do us a favour, get any tips from him on improving rating please?
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Presumably you had one when he moved in? Why do you need another, unless tenant has some ulterior motive in giving you one?

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              #7
              I don’t see why not if he’s a good tenant and trustworthy? And if he's offering it for free I would bite his hand off. As said above see if you can get some tips please on getting a better rating and post them on this thread? One of mine is being done next month and it would be handy to know.

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                #8
                Think I'd ask him to do the calculations first, see what the rating will be, and if his system says it's worse than it was on of EPC, stop & go no further..
                I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                  #9
                  Thanks for the advice. I will chase him up and let you know what he says regarding how to improve the rating.

                  Cheers

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                    #10
                    You do not say when you had your current EPC rating done and the result. Quick improvements can be made with low energy bulbs etc and if one was determined you could get a quick improvement to the EPC for the house ( or the opposite!). If your building comes out as a F or G it is unlettable although the currents tenants would have seen the last EPC and their tenancy would have been governed by that - so if it was an E then you are OK for 10 years or change of tenants. I recall there was s a rule where tenants could insist on improvements listed in an EPC under certain conditions and provided they are covered by the Green Scheme and they are under £3,500 cost to the landlord they have to be done. There are other threads in this forum about the illogical effect of EPCs, so why take the risk for £40

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by AlexR View Post
                      I recall there was s a rule where tenants could insist on improvements listed in an EPC under certain conditions and provided they are covered by the Green Scheme and they are under £3,500 cost to the landlord they have to be done. There are other threads in this forum about the illogical effect of EPCs, so why take the risk for £40
                      Exactly. There's no such thing as a free lunch. O/P's original EPC will show any suggested improvements, already. If tenant is offering to do another, you have to wonder why.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by AlexR View Post
                        You do not say when you had your current EPC rating done and the result. Quick improvements can be made with low energy bulbs etc and if one was determined you could get a quick improvement to the EPC for the house ( or the opposite!). If your building comes out as a F or G it is unlettable although the currents tenants would have seen the last EPC and their tenancy would have been governed by that - so if it was an E then you are OK for 10 years or change of tenants. I recall there was s a rule where tenants could insist on improvements listed in an EPC under certain conditions and provided they are covered by the Green Scheme and they are under £3,500 cost to the landlord they have to be done. There are other threads in this forum about the illogical effect of EPCs, so why take the risk for £40

                        I think you might be mistaken. E will not be "OK for 10 years or change of tenants". My understanding is that the standard required will rise before ten years have elapsed - but I may have misinterpreted the requirements. Perhaps we are going over the top trying to get our E rated ones to a C albeit the tenants are unchanged. Ironically in the case of the two we have scoring G access is denied by the tenants.

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