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epcHome is an EPC supplier carrying out EPCs in Bethnal Green and the surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a property sale. The standard cost of an EPC in Bethnal Green is Only £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or you’ve actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check out 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 3 to 5 page report which rates your property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will give recommendations on energy improvements which can be made in the home 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 of the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the property to get the necessary data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property and also collect information about the present lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. An average size home usually takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then entered into approved government software which then creates the certificate. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you require your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we can 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 To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some simple guidelines so that your EPC reflects your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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

What we need to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items that will be required where no proof is obtained. If 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 rating.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main impact 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 home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts 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
This will come as a bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as earlier mentioned. Where it will have a greater impact, is if your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Bethnal Green Landlord EPC Services

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

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 current rented properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed 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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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating needs to be at least an E. The policies that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional info on MEES go to 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 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 ten years maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time passes, we anticipate more and more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, 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 below an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice 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?
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    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 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 average UK property is a D60 Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, 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?
    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 dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    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 situations: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they choose to continue. One example might be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, might require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be so as to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by banks when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, but there are more likely to be added conditions in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would simply have to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must 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 ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant must be given 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. A list can be found 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 EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the EPC 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 correct legal advice so that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having actually been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental must 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.
    How Much Will An EPC Cost
    The price of an EPC is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor instead of via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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