Hunters Property PLC, its subsidiaries or holding company and its associated estate agents are in a Primary Authority relationship with Westminster Trading Standards Service, Westminster City Council, City Hall, 15th Floor East, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP Tel. 0207 641 1111.
A Primary Authority partnership is a formal relationship where the business receives tailored advice, guidance and assistance. Local authorities are required to consult the primary authority in the first instance in the event of any concerns.
Hunters also receive best practice advice from Westminster Trading Standards in relation to Lettings matters.
Dual Fees and Previous Agent Agreement Review
If you have instructed another agent on a sole agency and/or sole selling rights basis, the terms of those instructions must be considered to avoid a possible liability to pay two commissions. It would be useful to provide a copy of any current or previous agent's agreement to the valuer so that they can advise you accordingly. If you are unable to provide this, then they will be unable to advise as to whether you are in breach of the other agents agreement.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Under The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations, 2012 EPCs by law are required whenever a property is sold or rented. EPCs can only be produced by Domestic Energy Assessors (DEA's) who are accredited by a Government approved scheme.
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. They provide information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs along with recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.
The certificate also defines the impact a home has on the environment. Better-rated homes should have less impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Under the regulations it is the responsibility of the relevant person to make sure the property is in possession of a valid EPC when it is marketed this means;
(a) in relation to a building which is to be sold, the seller;
(b) in relation to a building which is to be rented out, the prospective landlord;
(c) in relation to a building which is being constructed, the person who carries out the construction.
If the EPC has expired then the relevant person must commission a new one before the property goes onto the market.
Properties Not Yet Constructed
Under The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 EPCs by law a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) is needed if you are selling a property before it has been built. It provides information about the energy efficiency of the building and is simply the predicted Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) (thermal efficiency) and Environmental Impact (CO2) rating from the SAP calculations you do at the design stage. PEA's can only be produced by On Construction Domestic Energy Assessors (OCDEA's) who are accredited by a Government approved scheme.
On completion of the build, it is the responsibility of the relevant person to instruct the completion of a full Energy Performance Certificate to ensure that the completed building meets the predicted energy assessment to facilitate the buildings sign off by Building Control.