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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 Cold Harbour is £59.

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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document that rates the property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will give recommendations on energy improvements that could be made in the property that might help to lower your energy bills.

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 examples 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 particular EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, simply give us a call for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus collect information regarding the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. A normal size property takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The information is then put into approved government software which then produces 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, should you need to have your EPC urgently, for a small additional fee, 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 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 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 tips so your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor should be able to get the majority of the information they need by just going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

The Assessor must take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is needed for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In cases like this the program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can supply documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC.

• Loft conversions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

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

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

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from installers showing thickness installed.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains 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 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 home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses 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 does make a difference, the most significant increase is only really achieved when improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, it will 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 decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is just not measured.

 

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

Cold Harbour Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines as much as £5,000 can be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We provide discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for infringement of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating needs to be at least an E. The policies that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. To learn more about MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 to do something 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 maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found 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 goes by, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, nevertheless, are not meant 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 actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific 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 Properties 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 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical 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 will have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot 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 the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades 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 can be given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to proceed. One example would be a bank loaning money against a rental property, would require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the 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 becoming the standard required by banks when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, although there are more likely to be additional clauses 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 valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident has 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be found 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has 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 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 documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Price Of An EPC?
    The price of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor instead of using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    We’ve been supplying EPCs in Cold Harbour for over 6 years and are delighted to be keeping costs down in the area. This has really helped us to be one of the main suppliers in the area.
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