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Croydon EPC Assessors

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Our company is a group of local Assessors, who carry out EPCs throughout Croydon and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our typical price to do an EPC in Croydon is only £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can take a look at our information video clip that describes 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: Broad Green, Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Merton, Bromley, Wimbledon, Lambeth, Ewell, Wandsworth

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that gives advice on energy saving measures that can easily make a home more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating found on electrical home appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. 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 carried out by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the home..

The details are then entered into approved government software which produces the certificate. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should 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 completedYour 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.

How To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some easy tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items which are required where no information is obtained. When the term “as built” needs to be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. EPC rating.

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


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the most significant 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 instance a property heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC rating. Higher costs 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 can make a difference, the greatest difference is only really achieved when you are improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is typically sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular object, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Croydon Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 can be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We provide discounts for multiple 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 Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Certificate was only needed 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 properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be a minimum of an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to get to the minimum.

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

If 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 provide 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 10 years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and see 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. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you might 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 Need To Have An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC registered 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 average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will have to carry out 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 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 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 fixed penalty charge of £200 can be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they choose to proceed. One example would be a financial institution lending money against a rental property, might require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be so as to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline required by banks 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, but there are more likely to be additional clauses in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would simply 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 good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident must be given 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. This 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 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 time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the Energy Performance Certificate 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without 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 obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor instead of via a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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