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    Energy assessor wants access to loft and basement

    I am about to market a flat for rent. The flat is in a converted house.

    I have spoken to an energy assessor who says that he needs to access the building's loft and basement. This will mean me having to arrange a date and time with the other two sets of residents to gain access. Is this correct?

    Also, can anyone recommend a cheap energy assessor in sarf London please?

    #2
    Not quite sure what you mean about other two sets of residents? What's the layout of the property?
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      #3
      The property is a three storey house, converted into three flats. Top, middle, bottom.

      I require an energy performance certificate for the middle flat. The assessor says he needs to look at the loft and basement. That entails the co-operation of the top and bottom occupiers to give access.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Poppy View Post
        The property is a three storey house, converted into three flats. Top, middle, bottom.

        I require an energy performance certificate for the middle flat. The assessor says he needs to look at the loft and basement. That entails the co-operation of the top and bottom occupiers to give access.

        Is the flat being assessed for the EPC or the whole buiding?

        Are the flats self-contained?
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          #5
          Originally posted by Poppy View Post
          assessor who says that he needs to access the building's loft and basement.
          I would say, that as you are the middle flat, above you is timber floorboards insulated with carpet on the floor, and space above you is heated.

          Below you is timber floorboards insulated with plaster ceiling, and rooms below you are heated.

          How nice is that for heat efficiency -- you cant get better than that !!!!!!

          I see no reason for EPC man to go into basement or loft, as above describes an ideal position to be in, room above and below are heated dwellings.


          Get another EPC man if he insists after you tell him your excellent best conditions you have. ( assuming its one self contained flat )

          R-a-M

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            #6
            I agree. It's this flat alone that the EPC is supposed to cover, isn't it, not the whole building.
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              #7
              I am talking about just the middle flat - not the whole building.

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                #8
                I have checked with a DEA and he says there is no reason why the assessor should need to access the loft and basements of the building in this case.
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                  #9
                  Sorted

                  Thank you very much folks. I appreciate your answers. Totally helpful.

                  I have spoken to the assessor again and told him you seem to be mistaken. He agreed.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Poppy View Post
                    Thank you very much folks. I appreciate your answers. Totally helpful.

                    I have spoken to the assessor again and told him you seem to be mistaken. He agreed.
                    "..told him that he seems to be mistaken..."
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                      "..told him that he seems to be mistaken..."
                      Or Alternatively:-
                      told him. "You seem to be mistaken".
                      He agreed.

                      Depends where you put these funny " . " , ( ) things.

                      Smile, We are both right.

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                        #12
                        if it just the middle flat that is being assessed there is NO reason to see in OTHER properties, infact its just foolish. It is the same as saying i need to see in both adjoining houses for terraced houses.

                        For the flat it is above a space and one must indicate whether this is heated or not. If it is above another occupied flat then heated space.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by hip-consultant.co.uk View Post

                          For the flat it is above a space and one must indicate whether this is heated or not. If it is above another occupied flat then heated space.
                          How are you going to indicate this without the cooperation of lower flat ?There can be no assumption that the lower flat is indeed heated?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
                            How are you going to indicate this without the cooperation of lower flat ?There can be no assumption that the lower flat is indeed heated?

                            The Rodent
                            The entire exercise is crackers.
                            Even if the lower flat HAS heating, which I imagine it must, how could upstairs T know whether downstairs T is actually using it?
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                              #15
                              I am trying to help answer questions and give explanations here. i know i am fighting a losing battle however i will continue in the vain hope it helps someone.

                              RDSAP - is reduced data and does make assumptions.

                              If flat 1 is above another flat that appears to be occupied then it is assumed its heated. Whether that occupier has heating on 24 hrs or not at all.

                              An unheated space for example would be above an archway, garage etc.

                              Please tell me you see these 2 are different
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