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We are a team of qualified Surveyors, that undertake EPCs in Corby and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our usual price to carry out an EPC in Corby is simply £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or you’ve recently been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check our information video clip 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 advice on energy saving actions that can easily make a property less costly to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on home appliances, it will give the home a rating 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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{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 provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show 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 uncertain, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to get the required information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home plus collect information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. A normal size home takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then put into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you require your EPC quickly, for a modest additional fee, 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 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 provide you with some simple tips so your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your property in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor should be able to obtain almost all of the information they need simply by going around the home. 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 required for audit purposes. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this case the program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

• Loft extensions 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 3 mains items that have the main impact 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 properties 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 property or home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property or home 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 with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses 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 particular one may come as a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it can have a larger effect, is if your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are changing from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because 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 lights does indeed help the EPC as 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.

Corby Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties up to £5,000 may be given.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties 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 home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be at the least an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional information on 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. Should there be 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 last 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time passes, we expect an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The first 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 achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide expect recommendations 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 Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • 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.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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 market will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A set 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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution loaning funds 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 dwelling can be to be able to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, however there will probably be extra conditions in the arrangement.

    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 higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant has to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list is available 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 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 has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant would 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 documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    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 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 Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor rather than through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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