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We are a group of qualified Assessors, who carry out EPCs in Bexley and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. Our typical cost to undertake an EPC in Bexley is only £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Lots of people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video below will help. Or you can continue to 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.

What is An EPC?

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EPC refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report which rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also give suggestions about energy improvements which can be made on the property that would help to reduce 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 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed 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 not certain, simply contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the property to get the required data for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as gather specifics of the present lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. A normal size property normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The information is then input approved government software which then 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 modest additional fee, we will produce 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 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 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 You Can Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic tips to ensure that your EPC reflects your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor can obtain the vast majority of information they require simply by 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 which are needed where no information is gathered. When 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. EPC score.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and will likely enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

• Loft extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things 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 homes 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 property heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property 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 £556 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. Higher expenses equals 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 biggest difference is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular object, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Bexley Landlord EPC Services

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

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide reduced prices for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties 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 highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be at the least an E. The policies that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. To learn more about MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 measures 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. The 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 recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article is available here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect a lot more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to get to 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 advice on every aspect 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?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties must have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC has 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, 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 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 improvements will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may 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 future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose to continue. An example would be a bank lending money against a rental property, will require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the 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. It is also getting to be the baseline required by financial institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra 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 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 will be good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC 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 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be located 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 period of 8 weeks needs 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 in addition to 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 paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From April 2020, all dwellings for rental must have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor as opposed to via a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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