Legal reports and assessments for Landlords and Homeowners
Plymouth EPC, PAT and Legionella testing
Are you thinking of selling or renting your property?
If so, there are a few things you’ll need to get in place first – and Lang Town & Country can take care of it so you don’t have to.
With 25 years’ experience, we cut out unnecessary stress and leave you to focus on what really matters.
We’re Plymouth’s top-performing agent for four years in a row, and a huge part of that is our team’s expertise and knowledge, especially in legal areas that often catch sellers and landlords out.
We are qualified in three crucial legal components that must be completed to rent or sell your home:
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Legionella Risk Assessment
- PAT Testing Report
Hugo Oliveira, a vital part of our dedicated team, is fully qualified to make these assessments on your behalf and reduce the stress of renting your property. Scroll down to find out more about Hugo.
What we can do for you.
As well as being a dedicated in-house EPC assessor, Hugo is also a specialist domestic energy assessor, legionella risk assessor and inventory clerk.
Before you can sell or rent your property, it is a legal requirement to have a valid EPC rating. If you are a landlord you will also require a Legionella Risk assessment and a PAT test report.
An EPC tells you how energy efficient a building is and gives it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). It is a legal requirement to have a valid EPC for a property when selling or letting.
A Legionella Risk Assessment helps to identify potential risk factors in a building. Landlords are required to assess the risks of exposure to Legionella for potential tenants.
And a PAT Testing Report is required to ensure portable electrical appliances are safe. This makes it easier to identify and fix unsafe appliances to prevent any accidents. The law states electrical equipment must be maintained to prevent danger.
Lang Town & Country can also oversee and provide a wide range of services from trusted trades for any property maintenance needs you may have which is run by our dedicated maintenance team.
How we do it
This might all sound a little intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. Here at Lang Town & Country, we provide a full service for all your property needs.
Hugo will visit your home to check how much energy it takes to power your property and keep it warm. This includes identifying potential sources of draughts, or seeing if any heat is escaping.
The assessment will check how well insulated your walls and floors are, if you have double glazing, and how much heat is retained in your home.
He will also check electrical systems, and take into consideration if you are using energy-efficient light bulbs.
What Hugo says......
We all know that the cost-of-living is increasing, meaning that it is becoming increasingly important to save on your energy bills.
Tenants are now thinking of any and every way possible to become energy efficient and, as a consequence, landlords are faced with the need to ensure their rental properties are energy efficient.
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) changes due to come into force in 2025 for new tenancies and 2028 for existing tenancies, mean that landlords will need to ensure their rental properties have an EPC rating of C or above.
The looming deadline means landlords need to start doing something about it now. An awful lot of work may well need to be done if a landlord wants to be able to legally let out a property.”
The fine for failing to meet this new criteria is also increasing from £5,000 to £30,000 from 2025. Our advice is that not only should landlords have an up-to-date EPC for their rental properties, they should also be made aware of any necessary improvements now so that in three years’ time, their property can remain in the rental market.
Meet Hugo Oliveira
MARLA DEA LRA
DOMESTIC ENERGY ASSESSOR/LEGIONELLA RISK ASSESSOR/INVENTORY CLERK
Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, Hugo moved to Plymouth in 2009 and has worked in Lettings ever since. Hugo completed the Level 3 Award in Residential Letting & Property Management in 2016 and is a member of ARLA Propertymark and is currently our Inventory Clerk and EPC Accessor.
If you are renting out a property in Plymouth, or are thinking about becoming a landlord, please give Hugo and the team a call on 01752 201010 and we will be more than happy to discuss your property and recommend any improvements you may be able to make.