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epcHome is an EPC provider carrying out EPCs in Harrow and surrounding areas. If you are selling or renting a property, by law, the property must have an EPC.
The price of an EPC in Harrow is – £55 for all property types up to a 5 bed property.
What is an EPC?
An EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate is a 3 to 5 page document that shows the energy rating of a property. Properties are rated from A the highest to G the lowest. The average UK property is a D60. The higher the rating, the lower the energy running costs will be.
The EPC also gives an indication of the energy running cost of the home as well as giving energy saving recomendations that will help to lower your energy bills. The report is carried out by an acredited Domestic Energy Assessor. The Assessor will visit your home and gather information about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and insulation as well as dimension of the property. A visit typically takes between 30 – 40 minutes, but does vary depending on the complexity of the property.
The information gathered by the Assessor is then input into approved software to produce your EPC. The EPC is then lodged onto the EPC register. The EPC is valid for 10 years.
The EPC can be required for different reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:
- Selling a property
- Letting a property
- Making a claim on the renewal heat incentive (RHI)
- Obtaining a loan from the bank against the property.
- Obtaining grant funding for energy saving improvements,
At epcHome, we work hard to lower the cost of getting an energy performance certificate in Harrow. We also make booking your EPC is as simple as possible.
Once your EPC Assessor has visited, your epc certificate will be lodged on to the national register usually within 3 working days. Your estate agent or solicitor will then be able to access it from the register. For a small additional cost you can have an express EPC delivered by email same day within 12 hours.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into force on the 1st April 2018. This means that all new lets, or tenancy renewals must be an energy rating of at least an E. Properties that have a rating of F or G can no longer be let. We’ll work with you to advise the best way to meet the minimum standards and help with energy saving grants that may be available.
The main reason a property would have a low energy rating is usually because it is heated by an expensive source of fuel, such as electric. Also the heating system may be poor, along with the property being poorly insulation. For more information on MEES click here.
Here are some of the answers for the most common questions asked about the EPC.
Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming resident must be given an EPC.
What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
A set penalty charge of £200 can be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC registered on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC needs to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.
The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.
Which Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
Properties rented out in the private sector will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a property which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
Can You Fail An EPC?
Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose to continue. An example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.
What Does EPC E Mean?
The Energy Performance Certificate will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be to be able to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline required by banking institutions when lending funds against a home.
It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, however there will probably be extra conditions in the contract.
What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
It will have to be renewed Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties need to have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or above. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid for a further ten years.
How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor as opposed to using a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having actually been booked to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental will need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home from A-G. For rental, the EPC needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
All listed properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be located at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/
Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.
Along with the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant would have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate in addition to a copy of the government guide “How to rent”. The “How to Rent” guide can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent
Landlords are always advised to get proper legal advice to ensure that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.
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