Introducing Chris Steer…
Not only is Chris Steer one of our landlords but he also provides the Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for the properties that we manage.
We caught up with Chris to find out about his company Earth Wind and Power and to talk about how we have eased some of the challenges he faces as a landlord.
How long have you had your property with Kent Housing?
I have been working with Kent Housing for about 2 years. They manage one of my properties and I also provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for their clients through my company Earth Wind and Power.
What challenges did you face as a landlord have before you came over to Kent housing
I’m sure that the challenges I face being a landlord are quite typical; non-payment of rent, anti-social tenants, vandalism to the property, difficulties in finding good tenants and, on the flip side, cutting ties with bad tenants.
However, with Kent Housing I am guaranteed the monthly rent on my property and because they are the “tenant”, I am spared the pain of past bad experiences. In fact I have other properties which currently have long-term lets in them, which as they become free will be managed by Kent Housing.
About Earth Wind and Power
When commercial and domestic properties are constructed, sold or let there is a legal requirement to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC provides details on the energy performance of the property and what you can be done to improve it.
I have been providing this service since the legislation came into force 8 years ago. I carry out an initial survey on the property which typically takes an hour and then and the EPC is delivered approximately 2 days later. I am fully qualified to carry out the inspections and as a member of an accredited body, stringent checks are carried out every quarter by the government make sure that I meet their requirements.
On a final note, I’ve learnt never to judge a property on appearances, or name for that matter…one job that stands out was a so called cottage in Tunbridge Wells. After driving past a huge mansion a number of times trying to find the cottage I discovered that 9 bedroom property was indeed the cottage that I was there to survey!