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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in Biscot is £59.

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 recommendations on energy saving actions that can make a property more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. The reason being, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you may be required to obtain an EPC for any one 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 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 particular 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. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply give us a call 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 required data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property plus obtain information regarding the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. An average size property takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then generates the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

Tips On How To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some basic guidelines so that your EPC shows your home in the best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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The data entered into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get almost all of the information whilst going around the property.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items which will be required where no information is obtained. When the term “as built” must be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. This can have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

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


• Double glazing improvements 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 Thermal, or Solar PV – MCS certificate from contractor.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:


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

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 somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same 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 £596 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating 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 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 previously mentioned. However, where it can have a more substantial effect, is when the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are updating from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

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

 

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

Biscot Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 may be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for violation 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 has to be at least an E. The regulations that regulate this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES visit 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 do something 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 managed a register of all EPCs. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we expect a lot more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you could 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.
Which Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Can You Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, 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 a property from A, the best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades 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 issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: 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 You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they choose to continue. One 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 EPC will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be so as to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline required by banks when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, although there will probably be additional clauses in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is good for a further 10 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 incoming resident 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 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 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 needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and also 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 documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be acquired within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all properties 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor rather than using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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