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We are a team of qualified Surveyors, who undertake EPCs in Aylesbury and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Aylesbury is £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Lots of people are not clear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video below will help. Or you can carry on and read the brief explanation.

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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Forest Hill, Oxford, Cold Harbour, Kidlington

What is An EPC?

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EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also provide suggestions about energy improvements which might be made on the property which would help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, by law, you have to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. These are some of the other reasons you could be asked to provide an EPC.

• 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 requested by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just phone us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to obtain the necessary information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property and also gather specifics of the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. A normal size property normally takes around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then entered into approved government software which produces the certificate. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you require your EPC urgently, for a small additional fee, we can provide an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour EPC is then valid for ten 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
  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 Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some easy guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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

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

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


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

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from installer showing thickness fitted.

• Roof extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest 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 typically heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with 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 impacts the EPC rating. Higher costs equates to lower ratings.

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 upgrades to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest difference is actually really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Aylesbury Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 can be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties can 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 property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating must be a minimum of an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about 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 take steps 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 past 10 years managed a register of all EPCs. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time passes, we anticipate an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, are not meant 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 demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can provide expect recommendations 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.

Which Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?

  • Listed buildings.
  • 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 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?

    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC registered 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). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not be attained, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?

    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.

    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?

    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.

    Can You Fail An EPC?

    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they decide to proceed. An example might be a bank loaning money against a rental property, will require the EPC is at least an “E”.

    What Does EPC E Mean?

    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your 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. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by banking institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be additional conditions in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?

    It will simply 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 higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is valid for a further 10 years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming resident need to be given an EPC.

    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?

    All listed buildings are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?

    If the tenancy started or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without An EPC?

    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC subject to one having actually been booked to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be acquired within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement 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 property from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost

    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor instead of using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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