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We are a group of qualified Surveyors, that carry out EPCs in Banbury and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a property, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our normal cost to carry out an EPC in Banbury is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or you’ve been recently required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check out our information video clip that describes 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Broughton, Horley

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 give advice on energy improvements that could be made in the property that will 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 of the above illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to obtain the required information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then put into approved government software which then creates the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you require it quickly, for a small additional cost, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some basic tips so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor will be able to get most of the information they need simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary evidence which is important for audit purposes. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software. In this situation the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the Certificate and will likely help the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof conversions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest impact 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 instance a property or home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property or home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £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
This one may come as a bit of a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. Where it will have a larger effect, is if the house is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are improving from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is usually noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Banbury Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 could be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reduced prices for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to provide rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective solutions to achieve the standards.

If the landlord has expended up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to offer assistance all the way.

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 ten years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate more and more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, however, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach 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.
What Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 needs to 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 rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties have to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating cannot 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Properties rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 can be given for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the owner 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. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they decide to proceed. One example might be a bank loaning money against a rental property, would 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 to be able to rent out. It is also becoming the standard requested 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 added 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 will be valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident has to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from requiring 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 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 EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant would 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 proper legal advice to ensure all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From April 2020, all dwellings 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor rather than through a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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