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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 Charlton is £69.

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 affordable to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating found on appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical 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 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 called a SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply phone us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to obtain the necessary data for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property and also collect specifics of the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then input approved government software which then creates the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need to have your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, 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.

Ways To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some easy guidelines to ensure that your EPC shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor can obtain the vast majority of information they require by just 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 program the phrase “as built” for items that are required where no evidence is obtained. When 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 built. This can have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

If you can supply documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely increase the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

• Any wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– Any guarantees, or invoice from the installer

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main 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 properties 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 property heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £696 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses 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 will come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned before. However, where it will have a greater effect, is if the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

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

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does indeed help the EPC as they are an inexpensive improvement that leads to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Charlton Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 can be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. 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 existing rental properties must have a valid EPC. Before that date an Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for breach 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 offer rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be reached on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective ways to attain the standards.

In the event the landlord has spent 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 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 EPCs. The register is 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 report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. As time goes by, we anticipate more and more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, however, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to show that you are currently taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might 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.
Which Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The simple answer is 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 needs 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 rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to undertake 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 going to the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Properties rented out in the private sector will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    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 owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the prospective 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 have a certain rating before they decide to continue. One example would be a financial institution 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 for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when lending money 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 will probably be additional conditions in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will 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 above. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant must 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be located on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy commenced 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 the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as 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 so 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 requested to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor rather than through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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