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Our company is a group of qualified Assessors, who undertake EPCs throughout Bethnal Green 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 perhaps for a property sale. The standard cost of an EPC in Bethnal Green is £59

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or you’ve actually been required 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides advice on energy saving actions that can make a home inexpensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score seen on electrical home appliances, it will give the home a score between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK property is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. The reason being, by law, you must give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. However you may be required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for some of these reasons..

• 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 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 necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. Should 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 has to carry out a visit to the home to get the necessary information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect specifics of the present lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. A normal size home takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then entered into approved government software which creates the EPC. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

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 Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some simple guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor should be able to obtain 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.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items which will be required where no proof is gathered. 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. This could have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

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.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main 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 homes 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 example a property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property which is 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 property, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. 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 may come as a bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. Where it will have a greater effect, is if your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing 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 felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the EPC since 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 penalty charges as high as £5,000 may 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 Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for infringement 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 offer rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties must be a minimum of an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to attain the minimum.

This is where the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost effective ways to attain the standards.

When the landlord has invested up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to give 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties 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 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. As time passes, we anticipate an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st 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 steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain 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 Do Not Need To Have 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.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental homes 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 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 undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores a property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, from 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 instances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific score before they choose to continue. One example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, might require that 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. Also, it is becoming the standard required by banking institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, however there will probably be added conditions in the arrangement.

    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 must 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 is good 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 being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant need to 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 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 provided the tenant with an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has 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 correct legal advice so that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having been planned to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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