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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 East Acton 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 refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document that rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also give advice on energy improvements that could be made in the property that will 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 of the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked 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 sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, simply contact us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the property to get the necessary data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as obtain specifics of the current lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then put into approved government software which creates the certificate. 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 require it quickly, for a small additional cost, 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.

How You Can Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some basic tips to ensure that your EPC reflects your home in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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

Your Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary information which is important for audit reasons. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software. In this case the software 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 types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely help the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items 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 typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a home heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home which is 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 £596 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equals 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 may come as a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it does have a larger effect, is if 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 property.

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

 

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

East Acton Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fines of up to £5,000 can be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines 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 highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be not less than an E. The regulations that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently 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 will have to take steps 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 ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum 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 regulations. The information is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, having said that, are not meant 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 demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations 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 Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC registered 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 should be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to undertake 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 going to 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 a property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Properties rated F or G, after 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 set penalty charge of £200 can be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the seller 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 An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating 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 EPC 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 becoming the baseline required by banking institutions when lending money against a home.

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

    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 higher. 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 EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident need to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being identified 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 with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. 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 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 Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get 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 cost of an EPC is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of through a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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