Welcome to Assess Energy
Assess Energy provides Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for domestic properties in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire which encompass Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot, Witney, Bicester and Thame and other destinations within a 60-minute drive of Oxford.
An Energy Performance Certificate is required when a property is being sold or leased. The EPC is valid for 10 years. Assess energy has been providing EPCs since they were introduced in 2007 and has completed over 6,000 domestic EPCs for estate agents, home owners, letting agents and county councils.
MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards). From the 1st April 2018 changes to legislation will make it unlawful to let residential properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a rating of F or G. To obtain a 5 year HMO License in 5 Oxford a rating of D is required.
What are the key dates?
April 2018- the regulations will only apply upon the granting of a new tenancy to a new or existing tenant. April 2020- The regulation will apply to ALL privately rented property which is required to have an EPC.
Are there any penalties for non-compliance?
Yes. Failing to comply with a compliance notice could result in a fine up to £5000.
Why is it being enforced?
This new legislation attempts to ensure that all tenants enjoy a right to live in an energy efficient home. It also contributes to the UK legislative targets of reducing CO2 emissions for all buildings to around zero by 2050.
Are there any exemptions?
Yes landlords are exempt if:
– They have carried out all cost-effective energy efficiency improvements.
– Measures Identified by Green Deal or an alternative government scheme are not cost effective.
– If third-party consents are not available (consent from tenants, planning authority etc).
Download the Government’s Domestic Landlord Guidance