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Our company is a team of accredited Assessors, who undertake EPCs throughout Bromley and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical cost of an EPC in Bromley is £55

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or you’ve actually been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check 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 refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report that rates the home from an A the best to G the worst. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements that may be made in the property that would help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. These are some of the other reasons you might be required 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 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 kind of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, just phone us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the home to obtain the required data for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The information is then input approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need your EPC urgently, for a small additional fee, 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 doneYour 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 Improve Your EPC Rating

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

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These will enhance your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor will be able to obtain most of the information they require 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 that are required where no evidence is obtained. When the term “as built” has to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC score.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

• Roof extensions 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 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 example a house heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC score. Higher costs 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
This may come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned above. However, where it can have a more substantial effect, is if the home is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is typically 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 indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Bromley Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines up to £5,000 can be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for violation 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 supply rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to 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 must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective methods to attain the standards.

If the landlord has put in 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 advice 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 10 years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out 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 discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time passes, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, however, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to show you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations 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 Properties Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC registered 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). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would 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 scores a property from A, the best to G, the worst. Properties 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they choose to continue. One example would be a bank lending money against a rental property, will 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 dwelling can be in order to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard required by financial institutions when lending money against a home.

    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 additional conditions in the agreement.

    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 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 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 resident need to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings 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 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 using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to 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 to ensure all documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain 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 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.
    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of through a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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