PANIC. How do we avoid breaking the law after April 6th with EPCs?

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  • PANIC. How do we avoid breaking the law after April 6th with EPCs?

    So after April 6th we are in trouble if no EPC is commissioned.

    Do we say to landlords who know nothing about EPCs that we cannot market the property and lose out to agents who will carry on regardless?

    How should us agents approach this? Help and suggestions appreciated.

    Alan

  • #2
    Sigh! An agent actually asking "should I obey the law".

    How would you feel if your tenants or neighbours didn't bother with the law either?
    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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    • #3
      How about offering the EPCs in your setup / tenant-find fee?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ohdearme View Post
        So after April 6th we are in trouble if no EPC is commissioned.

        Do we say to landlords who know nothing about EPCs that we cannot market the property
        isn't all of the above pretty much the way it is now?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jjlandlord View Post
          isn't all of the above pretty much the way it is now?
          Indeed jjlandlord, one wonders about an agent that doesn't realise EPCs have been compulsory for 4 years. Downside of agents not needing certification, I guess.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Sigh! An agent actually asking "should I obey the law".

            How would you feel if your tenants or neighbours didn't bother with the law either?
            Quite.

            OP's username says it all, really.
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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            • #7
              lol - oh dear me indeed!
              I can take no responsibility for the use of any free comments given, any actions taken are the sole decision of the individual in question after consideration of my free comments.

              That also means I cannot share in any profits from any decisions made!

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              • #8
                Thank you Snorkez, the only constructive advice so far. I had at one time
                offered to include an EPC as part of our fees, but concerned at landlords just giving it to other agents while my firm pay for it.

                Thank you again.

                Alan

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ohdearme View Post
                  I had at one time offered to include an EPC as part of our fees, but concerned at landlords just giving it to other agents while my firm pay for it.
                  We're reaching unanimity that the choice of username was spot on, indeed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ohdearme View Post
                    I had at one timeoffered to include an EPC as part of our fees, but concerned at landlords just giving it to other agents while my firm pay for it.
                    You don't pay for it, the landlord does (through your fees). What he does with it once he has paid for it is up to him. Of course, he won't be going to another agency if your service is top-notch.

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                    • #11
                      OhDearMe.

                      Am I to assume you are a junior member of the team there at xxx lettings in NW London? I do hope so, because your posts on here to date have not been those of a highly experienced agent, as conveyed on your website. I am not sure what qualifications are required to be a member of the Property Ombudsman Scheme but as a landlord I would not be willing to trust my properties to an agent unless he/she was the best in their field.

                      I notice your company is not a member of ARLA, but their sister company The National Federation of Property Professionals do offer a range of training and I suspect it would do you, and your career, a lot of good if you persuaded your employers to enrol you on some of their programmes. https://www.nfopp-awardingbody.co.uk...ty-management/

                      It is fine for people like the posters on here to make the occasional mistake - but when someone is paying hundreds of pounds a year for your service, it is only fair that you know what you are talking about inside out.

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                      • #12
                        I totally agree with what has been said.
                        But I do wonder why there is a letting agent forum on this site because there appears to be a acceptable questions to ask and some that are not.

                        Maybe there should be some guidence somewhere otherwise it can sometimes become a bear pit.

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                        • #13
                          Johnboy, I'm sure that a "professional electrician" going onto a dedicated forum to ask how to change a fuse would also face some, let's say, amused replies...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by johnboy View Post
                            I totally agree with what has been said.
                            But I do wonder why there is a letting agent forum on this site because there appears to be a acceptable questions to ask and some that are not.

                            Maybe there should be some guidence somewhere otherwise it can sometimes become a bear pit.
                            There is merit in the sentiment of this post.

                            The 'typical' posts that we chuckle at are amusing, but it would be a shame to miss out on any topics of interest through fear of mockery/rejection.
                            I can take no responsibility for the use of any free comments given, any actions taken are the sole decision of the individual in question after consideration of my free comments.

                            That also means I cannot share in any profits from any decisions made!

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                            • #15
                              May I concur with johnboy?

                              I suspect the letting agent forum is aimed at landlords/tenants with letting agent problems, a letting agent with (say) a problem evicting a tenant from a Rent Act tenancy could appropriately post on the residential lettings board - which forum is dictated by the subject, not the occupation of the poster.

                              Maybe a slight re-titling of the LA forum? Would 'Problems with letting agents' be too unwieldy? If that is impractical, perhaps we could ask Mod2 to keep an eye on the LA forum and move appropriate posts depending on subject.

                              I would repeat my earlier comments that we do have some intelligent and knowledgeable Letting Agents on this site. They must get well hacked off by the anti-LA vitriol that the increasingly-regular pilchards create. When I joined this forum we had one very useful contributor in particular that I suspect was frightened off, and we all lose.

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