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Our company is a group of local Surveyors, who undertake EPCs in Ashley and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our usual cost to do an EPC in Ashley is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you should look at our information video that explains more about what an EPC is.

WHY USE US AS YOUR EPC PROVIDER?

  • No complicated price variations of property types and rooms.
  • No misleading “from” prices.
  • No waiting for an Assessor to call you back.
  • No filling in long complicated forms before you get a quote.

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document that rates the home from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also provide advice on energy improvements which might be made in the property which would help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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{There are various reasons that you may be asked to provide an EPC. The most common of these are if you are selling a property or if you are renting a property. It is a legal requirement that an EPC is given to the other party.}.

• For a remortgage
• Making a claim for funding under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)
• Getting grant funding through the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO)

All the above illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, just give us a call for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a qualified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to obtain the necessary information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The obtained information then input approved government software which generates the certificate. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need to have your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, we will produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all doneYour EPC is then valid for 10 years.

Booking your EPC is easy:

  1. Click the BOOK ONLINE button below
  2. Select an available date and time slot
  3. Give us your name and the address requiring the EPC
  4. Pay securely online or pay on the day
  5. If you prefer you can always call us to book. Call free on 0800 046 7345

That’s it, your EPC is booked. You will receive an email confirmation and a text reminder a day before the visit. Your EPC will be emailed to you in 2 or 3 days. If you order an Express EPC, you will receive it the same day of the visit.

You can cancel with a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours of the visit.

How You Can Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some easy tips so that your EPC shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor should be able to obtain most of the information they require by simply going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that are required where no proof is obtained. If the term “as built” must be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This can have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of any of these types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to help the rating of your EPC.


• Double glazing improvements to the majority of the property – Certificate from Fensa, or dated receipt from the installer.

• Any wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}.

• Solar PV or Solar Thermal – An MCS certificate from installer.

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from installers showing thickness installed.

• Loft conversions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architects plans.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main effect on the energy rating are:


• The heating system.
• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.

Main Source of Fuel
UK properties are generally heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses equals lower scores.

Levels Of Insulation
Good levels of insulation ensures that the demand on the heating system is kept down, and it also results in a more comfortable home with lower running costs.

The Heating System
An efficient heating system with good controls such as room thermostat, thermostatic valves and programmer helps to keep energy bills down. This all contributes to a better rating on the EPC.

These make less difference

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Double glazing
Although improvements to the double glazing will make a difference, the most significant difference is only really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is generally felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Ashley Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines as high as £5,000 may be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide reduced prices for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for violation of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be a minimum of an E. The policies that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For more information on MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord will have to do something to get the rating up to an E.

How To Find If You Have A Valid EPC

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The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have for the last 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to show you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance on all aspects of MEES.

SAP Calculations

If you require a SAP EPC for building control please CLICK HERE.

Here we will answer your most common questions asked about the EPC.
What Properties Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties must have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC must be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, then an exemption can be applied for by going to the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private market will be required to possess 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.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they choose to continue. One example would be a bank loaning money against a rental property, will require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be for you to rent out. It is also becoming the standard required by financial institutions when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, but there will probably be extra clauses in the arrangement.

    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 will need to have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident need to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy started or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the EPC 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 so that all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having actually been commissioned to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor rather than via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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