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We are a group of accredited Surveyors, who undertake EPCs in Broughton and nearby surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a house sale. Our usual cost to do an EPC in Broughton is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or you’ve 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 gives recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a home more affordable to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on home appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK residence is rated at a D60.

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 illustrations 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 particular EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a qualified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to obtain the required information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home and also obtain information about the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. An average size home normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which generates the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need your EPC urgently, for a modest additional charge, we can provide an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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 You Can Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some basic guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your property in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor will be able to obtain the vast majority of information they require by just 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 program the phrase “as built” for items which are required where no information 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.

If you can provide documentary proof of any of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and will probably help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

• 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 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 using a typically semi-detached which uses 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 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
Although improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the most significant difference is actually really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific object, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an affordable improvement that contributes to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Broughton Landlord EPC Services

The rules 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 fines as high as £5,000 may be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We offer discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees may 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating need to be not less than an E. The policies 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. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has got 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 kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. The information is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time passes, we anticipate an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These 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 if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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 Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is 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 must 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 rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase 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 rates a property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements 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 may be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they decide to proceed. An example might be a financial institution lending 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 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. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by financial institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, although 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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is valid 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 resident need to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being described 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 using 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 needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the Energy Performance Certificate 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 documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, 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 dwellings for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Does An EPC Cost
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor rather than through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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