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Our company is a group of qualified Surveyors, that undertake EPCs throughout Cold Harbour and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing your house, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Cold Harbour is Only £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or maybe you’ve actually been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should take a look at 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Oxford, Forest Hill, Kidlington

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving measures that can make a property inexpensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score seen on home appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK home 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 examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to provide 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 needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply phone us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a certified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property and also gather information regarding the present lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. An average size property usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The information is then input approved government software which then generates the certificate. 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. 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
  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 Improve Your EPC Score

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

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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The information put into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get almost all of the information whilst going around the property.

The Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary evidence which is required for audit purposes. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In such a case the software program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

Whenever you can provide documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and will likely help the rating of your EPC.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

• 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 contractor.

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness fitted.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest 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 typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a home heated by gas would cost around 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-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC score. Higher costs 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
This may come as a surprise, but double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. Where it will have a larger effect, is if the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are upgrading 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 felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

Cold Harbour Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties of up to £5,000 could be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. 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 should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Fines may 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 attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to reach the minimum.

This is where the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective ways to attain the standards.

When 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 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we expect a lot more 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 if it is less than an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to reach 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 give you expect guidance 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.

Which Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?

  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?

    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 must 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to undertake 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 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 the property from A, the best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements 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 can be given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the seller 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?

    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they decide to proceed. One example would be a bank loaning money against a rental property, would 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 to be able to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by banks when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra 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 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 is 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 incoming resident must 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be located at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 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 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 all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?

    Yes a property may 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 can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?

    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 property from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost

    The cost of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor instead of using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

    With over 12,000 EPCs carried out within the last 6 years in Cold Harbour, we are pleased to a part of this lively community.

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