The Ordering of Energy Performance Certificate Recommendations to Reduce Energy Use Are Illogical

The Ordering of Energy Performance Certificate Recommendations to Reduce Energy Use Are Illogical The recommendations of things that homeowners can do to improve the score they achieve on their energy performance certificates (EPCs) look illogical in terms of the order in which they are presented – and no one in the media ever seems to have ever asked why. Also, […]

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The New Home Energy Model is Ridiculous and the Wrong Approach

The Home Energy Model (the Latest Stupid Plan to Make People Cold in Their Own Homes and to Shake Down Taxpayers for more Subsidies for Renewables) Thought the Nut Zero stuff on energy performance certificates had been canned with the PM’s announcement of abandoning plans for a minimum Energy Performance Certificate grade of C in all rental properties by 2028? […]

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Should You Use a Letting Agent to Manage your Let Properties?

Should you use a letting agent to manage your let properties? Well, it depends. A lot of it comes down to having a network of contacts (tradespeople) who can come and do work for you reasonably quickly, at a fair price and who are competent – so in order of importance and frequency of use that means plumbers, then heating […]

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Benefits Cap Puts a Lid on Housing Benefit Rise

Benefits Cap Puts a Lid on Housing Benefit Rise Though the Chancellor raised the level of housing benefit in the last budget, there are thousands of landlords who will miss out. Private landlords house 1.6 million tenants who get part or all of their rents covered by housing benefits. The payments are set according to local housing allowance (LHA) rates, […]

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2024 Outlook – Looking Towards a Labour Government and Some More Reasons to be Cheerful

2024 Outlook, Looking Towards a Labour Government and Some More Reasons to be Cheerful Further to my recent blog, I thought of a few more reasons to be optimistic for 2024. First, landlord exiting means falling supply which means rising rents. (Not great for tenants, obviously). Nimble landlords, especially those who are not over-leveraged, either with debt or someone else’s […]

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