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We are a team of qualified Surveyors, who undertake EPCs throughout Eastend and nearby surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a property sale. Our typical price to carry out an EPC in Eastend is only £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or maybe you’ve recently been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check out 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Harlow, Hoddesdon, Ware, Hertford, Cheshunt, Bromley, Loughton, West End, East End, Hatfield

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report that rates the property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will give recommendations on energy improvements which might be made on the home that will help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you have to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you may be required to get an Energy Performance Certificate for any one of these reasons..

• 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, simply contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

The assessor will take dimensions of the property and also obtain information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. A normal size home usually takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then entered into approved government software which creates the certificate. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need your EPC urgently, for a small additional fee, we will provide an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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.

Tips On How To Boost Your EPC Rating

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

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These will improve your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor will get almost all of the information they require 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 obtain documentary information which is necessary for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this instance the software will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items 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 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 heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences 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 will come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as major 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 can have a more substantial effect, is when the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 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 normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

Eastend Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fines up to £5,000 could be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for breach 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 provide rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be at least an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to get to the minimum.

This is where the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective methods to reach the standards.

If the landlord has invested up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to offer 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 past ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. The article is available here. Ensure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate more and more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, 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 below 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 might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice 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?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To 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 has to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an 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 undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, 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 scores the property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements 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 issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the vendor 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to continue. An example might be a financial institution lending 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 the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by banking institutions when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, however there will probably be extra conditions 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 higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident has 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be located 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with 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 correct legal advice to ensure all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    From April 2020, all dwellings 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 has to 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 price of an Energy Performance Certificate is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor as opposed to through a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With over 12,000 EPCs completed within the last 6 years in Eastend, we’re thrilled to a part of this vibrant community.
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