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We are a team of local Assessors, that undertake EPCs throughout Colindale and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our typical price to carry out an EPC in Colindale is only £59 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or perhaps you’ve recently been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can 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.

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can make a home less expensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score seen on appliances, it will give the home a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a home. It is because, by law, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you could be required to produce an EPC.

• 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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the property to obtain the required information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus collect information regarding the current lighting, heating, glazing and current insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the home..

The obtained information then input approved government software which produces the EPC. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional charge, we will 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 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.

Tips On How To Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your property in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor is able to obtain most of the information they require simply by going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

The Assessor must take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is needed for audit purposes. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software. In this situation the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

If you can supply documentary proof of any of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably improve the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Loft extensions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the most significant 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 instance a property or home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property or home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. 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 one will come as a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned above. Where it will have a larger impact, is when your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

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

 

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

Colindale Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties up to £5,000 could be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We offer reduced prices for a number of 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. Prior to that date an EPC was only required 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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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to offer rented homes 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 must work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective methods to achieve 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 last ten years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The information is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time passes, we expect more and more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to attain 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 give you 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?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC registered 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 must be a minimum of 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 raise the rating. If an E rating can not be attained, 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?
    Dwellings 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 property 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 issued 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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score before they choose to continue. An example would be a bank lending money against a rental property, would require that 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 property can be to be able to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the baseline required by financial institutions when lending money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be additional clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would simply need 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 will be good for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate 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 need 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The 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 an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant would have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate in addition to 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 documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC subject to one having been planned to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    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 home from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor rather than using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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