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The rules only apply to new tenancies, including renewals. There are a number of exemptions, including; ongoing tenancies (until 2020), holiday lets, if the changes required would devalue the property or it is not possible to get permission to undertake improvement works. There is also some additional leeway for listed properties or those in conservation areas. For full details – see link at the bottom of the page. In addition, a landlord cannot reasonably refuse a tenant's request for energy efficiency improvements if there are no upfront cost (with some exceptions). How many properties are likely to be affected? Only a small percentage of properties have the bottom ratings - 2% have a G rating and 6% have an F rating (source: Centre for Sustainable Energy). However, it is estimated that those figures are double for the rental sector. Shelter’s figures show there are 4,588,000 privately rented homes in England. It means up to 734,080 rental properties could be affected, although until 2020, many longer term tenancies will not be affected.
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What can I do if one of my properties gets a low rating? There are a number of ways you can improve your rating, some of which are more effective than others (please note points boosts are for guide purposes only and can vary considerably from case to case). 1) Insulating your loft - will cost around £400 for an average home and boost your EPC score by 10-15 points, depending on the depth of insulation. 2) Install a condensing boiler – average price £3,000. The Energy Savings Trust (EST) claims this will often provide the biggest boost - up to 20 points when upgrading from an old boiler. Possibly more when replacing an electrical system. 3) Adding heating controls – individual room thermostats, thermostatic radiator valves can add around 1 point each. 4) Double glazing - £400-£500/window and can add between 5-10 points. 5) Draught excluders – negligible cost, but must be permanent fixtures. They have a relatively small impact on your EPC rating, typically adding just 1 point. 6) Hot water jacket – they cost as little as £15 and could add 2-3 points. 7) Cavity wall insulation – Costs £450-500 and can boost scores by up to 10 points. 8) Solid wall insulation (internal) for period properties – can be a very expensive option, costing between £5,500 to £8,500 and providing up to 10 extra points. 9) Low energy lighting – replacing your conventional lightbulbs with LEDs gives around a 2 point boost. Thresholds: A = 92 plus, B = 81-91, C = 69-80, D = 55-68, E = 39-54, F = 21-38, G = 1-20 The Energy Saving's Trust says most F and G properties can be brought up to standard for less than £3,000 and the three examples from The British Property Federation could all be done for less than £700. Are there any schemes to help pay for the improvements? The Green Deal will fund improvements on a pay as you save basis. The money is paid back over a period of time through your electricity bill, with the monthly payments matching the savings generated by the improvements. Some local authorities are offering their own energy efficiency schemes.And there is also the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme for tenants either living in fuel poverty or have a low income. If you are not sure what your rating would be and what works might be required, the simplest thing to do is to pay for an EPC. They’re not expensive (between £60-£120) and not only will they tell you your rating, but also what you need to do to improve it. For further information speak to one of our property managers on 020 3668 6712 Reference Links: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Guidance for landlords on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let domestic property Grants for improvements Energy grants calculator
2) A 1970s flat in a purpose built block with metal, single glazed windows, electric storage heaters and solid walls – EPC rating F (36).3) A 2 bed Victorian end of terrace, with an old and inefficient gas heating system, no insulation, single glazed windows and limited heating controls - EPC rating F (34).
What kind of properties are rated F and G? Any properties with poor levels of insulation, solid walls, electric heating, single glazing and draughty windows. The British Property Federation gives some helpful examples of typical properties with low ratings: 1) A small converted, one bed Victorian flat with single glazed windows, solid walls and electric panel heaters – EPC rating F (35).
Ten years ago, in 2008, in an attempt to improve the energy efficiency of our homes and reduce greenhouse gasses, the Government launched Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). They were compulsory for anyone wanting to market their properties for sale or rent but were mostly ignored by buyers and renters and many in the industry derided them as yet another layer of unnecessary bureaucracy. Then energy prices across east London rocketed and people began to pay closer attention to the running costs of any new homes, especially in the rental sector. And, from April of this year any properties with an EPC rating of F or G can no longer be rented out, with fines of up to £5,000 for anyone who fails to comply.
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Marina side apartment
“The team at Franklyn James has been very professional and proactive. Lee was particularly helpful and always responded very promptly whenever we had any queries, which made our lives less stressful! A very satisfying experience overall in renting our flat.” Ionian October 2017
Limehouse, E14 £450 PW
Telling it like it is.
• Two double bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Private balcony • Secure underground parking • 24hr concierge on-site • Moments to Limehouse DLR
Enjoy direct, street-level access to your property from the extremely sought-after Narrow Street, Limehouse. This beautiful, split-level, two double bedroom apartment features a ground floor study, entrance hall with stairs leading to two double bedrooms, one of which has an en suite bathroom and both of which overlook Ropemakers Fields, family bathroom, spacious open-plan reception room/kitchen with doors leading onto a private balcony offering views of the river Thames. The property also benefits from a covered parking space within the gated car park. This superb apartment is ideally located on Narrow Street, with its colourful history and good selection of restaurants and bars. Located in close proximity to Limehouse and Westferry DLR station, the property offers excellent links into the City and Canary Wharf and it also benefits from having the Thames Clipper riverboat service within walking distance. Offered to the market on a furnished basis.
Limehouse, E14 £440 PW
On the market
A well presented two double bedroom, two bathroom marina side apartment located in the popular Basin Approach development. The property is offered furnished and benefits from 24 hour concierge, impressive marina views, underground parking and is within close walking distance of Limehouse DLR offering easy access into the City and Canary Wharf. Offered on a furnished basis.
• Two double bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Private balcony with river views • Gated parking • Private entrance • Close to Limehouse DLR station
Opening Hours Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm Friday - 9am - 6pm Saturday - 10am - 4pm
29 Narrow Street London E14 8DP
Morris Road, Poplar, E14 £500,000
Formally Spratts pet food factory and set adjacent to the Limehouse Cut, the property offers an abundance of character with exposed brickwork throughout, large windows and multi-level living areas. The apartment comprises an entrance hall, a study/utility room that can also double up as a small guest room, stairs leading to the kitchen which overlooks the large reception room that has space for dining and floor-to ceiling bookcase, a private balcony, a large double bedroom and a modern en-suite bathroom.
What the vendor says... " I have had many enjoyable years in this property. I never tired of coming home to the huge windows flooding the flat with light. It was the perfect antidote to a long and busy day. They amount of storage in the flat is truly unique, the under-kitchen crawl space swallowed up my suitcases, skis, spare clothes, linen and other sports equipment. The flat is cosy in winter despite the exposed brick and airy in the summer. I used to work in Mayfair and would either cycle or run, it would take me just over 30mins by bike or just under 1 hour to run. Canary Wharf is of course on the doorstep and only around 10 minutes door to door by DLR. All the properties in the Spratts complex are different as they were sold as empty units in the mid-80’s and they fitted out by the original owners which leaves scope for redesign should you want to. All in all, I’m sad to be selling the property and I hope the next owner enjoys it as much as I did. "
Rare to the market is this large, one bedroom warehouse conversion that has to be viewed to appreciate the amount of space it has to offer.
• Warehouse conversion • Large double bedroom • Private balcony • Separate study/storage room • Modern en-suite bathroom • Allocated parking space • Communal roof terrace • Excellent transport links
Further benefits include access to the communal roof terrace and allocated parking. Devons Road and Langdon Park DLR stations are both within walking distance, granting easy access across London.
A refurbished -beautiful three/four bedroom furnished town-house located in a quaint cul-de-sac in Greenwich. The house is set within a secure gated development with allocated parking outside the front door. This house comprises of a fully fitted kitchen – complete with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer and gas hob. The very spacious living room has two double doors opening out onto the private garden, allowing lots of natural light into the property. The second floor comprises two double bedrooms, home office/study and modern fitted family bathroom. The master bedroom occupies the third floor – complete with a range of fitted wardrobes, en-suite bathroom and exposed roof beams, adding to the properties elegance and style. This property is ideally located for access to Greenwich, Lewisham, Deptford and Blackheath.
Opening Hours Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm Friday - 9am - 6pm Saturday - 10am - 4pm
• Modern studio apartment • Terrace • Rooftop garden views • Long lease • Close to Lewisham DLR • Zone 2
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“We have dealt with different estate agencies previously, and I have to say Frankly James are the best! They proactively understand our exact needs and execute the plan effectively. We highly recommend to anyone!!” Sheila August 2017
Blackheath office 020 3370 2222
Greenwich, SE10 £1,950 PCM
4-6 Blackheath Hill London SE10 8DE
Greenwich, SE10 £275,000
• Three bedroom house • En-suite bathroom • Located in a secure gated development • Private garden • Furnished • Good location for National Rail and DLR stations
Located within the heart of the Lewisham Gateway development, is this beautiful, spacious and modern studio apartment. The apartment comprises an open-plan reception/bedroom with a fitted kitchen and a separate bathroom suite. Residents can also enjoy beautiful views from the communal roof top garden. Lewisham Gateway is a fast moving development, with the local area well established with excellent DLR links, rail services and bus routes, ensuring that travel around London is easy. Lewisham offers ample local amenities, from bars to restaurants, from independent businesses to large retail shops, as well as Greenwich and Blackheath, which are easily accessible and offer plenty of amenities.
Franklyn James are proud to present this three bedroom penthouse apartment.
Further benefits include a large private balcony, underfloor heating, wood floors throughout, secure cycle storage, underground parking space and concierge. Located 0.6m from Greenwich DLR and overland stations and 0.5 m from Deptford Bridge DLR station, The Greenwich Collection development is conveniently situated for Greenwich town centre, Blackheath Village and also the thriving and diverse areas of Lewisham and Deptford.
St James House, Greenwich, SE10 OIEO £530,000
What the vendor says... "We’ve lived in the Greenwich area for 6 years now and love it tremendously. There’s always something amazing going on in and around the village along side the constants such as The Cutty Sark, The Royal Naval College, The Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park. If that’s not enough we’ve so enjoyed the quaint and beautiful markets with food kiosks, the Picturehouse cinema, and the plethora of restaurants, bars, and cafes. The area is very popular for tourists and so has a wonderful cosmopolitan holiday feel about it. It’s been a joy to live in such invigorating surroundings. And our kids absolutely adore Greenwich too!"
Beautifully presented and tastefully decorated, this apartment comprises an open-plan living room with enough space for dining, separate modern kitchen, three good sized bedrooms, large family bathroom and separate tiled cloakroom.
• Three bedroom penthouse • Private balcony • Underground parking space • Secure cycle storage • Close to transport links into the City and Central London • Conveniently located near to Greenwich town centre and Blackheath Village
Enjoy breath-taking river views from this stunning, two double bedroom apartment in one of E14’s most desirable developments, Ocean Wharf. Situated on the second floor, the apartment compromises of a large, open-plan reception room with a fully integrated kitchen and space for dining, a private balcony overlooking the River Thames, a master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room, a second double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a family bathroom suite. Further benefits include an allocated parking space and a day time concierge service.
Opening Hours Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm Friday - 9am - 6pm Saturday - 10am - 4pm
Isle of Dogs, E14 £475 PW
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• Two double bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Balcony with River Thames views • Day time porter • Secure allocated parking space • Walking distance to Canary Wharf
Isle of Dogs, E14 OIRO £740,000
“I would recommend to anyone looking for a new place. Great positive attitude, flexibility, and responsiveness. Strongly recommend! ” Jane October 2017
Superb views from your own private balcony! This stunning two double bedroom apartment is located in the popular Ocean Wharf and benefits from an open plan reception room with fully fitted kitchen, private balcony overlooking the River Thames towards the City, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Ocean Wharf includes a daytime porter and a secure, allocated parking space. Located within a short walk to the Canary Wharf estate (which includes both Jubilee Line station and DLR station).
60 Westferry Road London E14 8JE
Docklands office 020 7005 6080
• Two double bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Second floor • Private balcony with River Thames views • Fitted wardrobes • Secure parking space • Day time concierge service • Within walking distance to Canary Wharf
The first floor offers a bright and spacious living room, a luxury, refurbished three-piece bathroom suite, and a large bedroom with fitted wardrobes. The second floor offers two further double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower rooms and built-in wardrobes. Further benefits include two, off-street parking spaces.
Severnake Close, Isle of Dogs, E14 £850,000
What the vendor says... "We bought this property because it was modern, light and spacious, with water views to the rear and a great garden with side access for our bicycles. We have renovated and decorated it neutrally throughout, to include a top of the range modern white soft close kitchen with granite worktops and integrated Neff appliances. A separate utility cupboard houses the washing machine and dryer. The ground floor is complimented by real oak floor and new plush carpets upstairs. We have added modern touches such as led spotlights and a Nest device so you can remotely control the central heating. The house has lots of flexibility and storage, including a loft - where else do you store the xmas tree? We love that our guests have their own ensuite and we really appreciate being able to park 2 cars outside (sometimes 3), which is brilliant for visitors. We enjoy cooking and entertaining in the large kitchen/ diner, with cocktails on the decked terrace in the summer, or relaxing in the reception room with views over Millwall Dock."
The property has been refurbished from top to bottom, with the highest quality finish and is a fantastic family home, conveniently tucked away on a quiet road within the Isle of Dogs. The property is within walking distance to Mudchute DLR, granting easy access into Canary Wharf, the City and Stratford.
Offered to the market chain free, is this four bedroom, end of terrace house on Severnake Close. This stunning property comprises of an entrance hall, a separate utility room, ground floor bedroom/study, shower room, and a spacious kitchen/diner with granite worktops and Neff appliances, leading out to a large private garden.
• Chain free • Refurbished throughout • End of terrace • Four large bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Private rear garden • Two, off-street parking spaces • Close to Mudchute DLR
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