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We are a team of local Surveyors, that carry out EPCs throughout Broughton and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Broughton is Only £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are not clear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video below will help. Or you can continue to read the quick 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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An EPC is a legal report that gives advice on energy saving actions that can make a home cheaper to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score found on electrical home appliances, it will give the property 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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{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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, simply contact us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the property to get the necessary data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property plus obtain information about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. A typical size property will take between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which creates the certificate. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we will provide an EPC for you on the same 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 Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic guidelines so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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The data put into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get almost all the information whilst going around the property.

What we want to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items that are required where no information is gathered. If the term “as built” has to be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

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

• Loft conversions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

• Any type of wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– Any guarantees, or invoice from the contractor

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the biggest effect 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 kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating score. Higher costs equates to 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 upgrades to the double glazing can make a difference, the greatest increase is actually really achieved when upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate because they are a low cost improvement that makes a contribution to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Broughton Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 may be issued.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Fines may 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 provide rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be not less than an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective solutions to reach 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 offer guidance 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum 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 regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time passes, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, however, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to show that you are currently taking or have taken actions 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 guidance 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The simple 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 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). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve 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 best to G, the lowest. Dwellings 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 Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set 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 An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score before they choose to continue. One example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, would require 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 in order to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by banking institutions when lending funds against a home.

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

    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 need to 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 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 for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident has to be provided with 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be located on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began 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 the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be acquired 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 properties for rental will need to 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 Will An EPC Cost
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor as opposed to using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs carried out in the last 6 years in Broughton, we’re thrilled to an element of this vibrant community.
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