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We are a group of accredited Assessors, who undertake EPCs in Barking and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a property sale. Our normal price to carry out an EPC in Barking is simply £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 actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you should take a look at our information video 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.

What is An EPC?

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EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report that rates your property from an A the best to G the worst. It will give suggestions about energy improvements that may be made in the property that might help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a property. It is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. These are among 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 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 kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply phone us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the property to obtain the necessary information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus collect information regarding the present lighting, heating, glazing and current insulation. A typical size property will take around 20 and 30 minutes..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The 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 need to have your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, we can provide an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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 To Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some easy tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your home in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC score

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The data put into the software is based on proof which the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get most of the information whilst going around the property.

What we should avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items that are needed where no evidence is obtained. When the term “as built” has to be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC score.

If you can supply documentary evidence of any of these sorts of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC.


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

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

• Roof conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

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

• Any wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– Any guarantees, or invoice from the contractor

These make the biggest difference

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

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

Main Source of Fuel
UK homes are generally heated by either of these 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 you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC score. Higher expenses 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 improvements to the double glazing can make a difference, the most significant difference is actually really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a modest increase in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular object, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Barking Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges up to £5,000 could be issued.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for infringement 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 policies that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional info on MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord needs 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 last 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we expect more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be below an E, to show you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • 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.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC recorded 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 average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will 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 visiting 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 best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient improvements 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 issued 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.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they decide to continue. An example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, might 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 dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline required by banking institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when 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 will 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 good 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 properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A 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 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 needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from 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.

    Could You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been planned to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    Since 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Do You Know The Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor rather than through a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    There are lots of interesting locations and things to see in Barking and we seek to be the first port of call for an EPC in the area. It’s a terrific place to live and work.
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