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We are a team of qualified Surveyors, who carry out EPCs throughout Eastend and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard cost of an EPC in Eastend is Only £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video clip below might help. Or you can carry on and read the quick explanation.

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

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document which rates the property from an A the best to G the worst. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements which can be made on the home 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 the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you require 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 done by a professional and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to obtain the required information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus obtain specifics of the present lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The details are then entered into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you require it quickly, for a small additional charge, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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
  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 your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor will obtain 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 purposes. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this instance the program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

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


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

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

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

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

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main 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 example a property heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 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 affects 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 will come as a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as previously mentioned. However, where it can have a more substantial effect, is when the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If 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 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 measured.

 

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 property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges of up to £5,000 could be issued.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reductions for several 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. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate 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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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating has to be at the least an E. The policies that govern this is known as 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 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 needs 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 ten years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available report 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 a lot more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, having said that, 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 actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain 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 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.
  • 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 homes need to have a valid EPC recorded 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 property owner will have to carry out 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 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 scores the property from A, the best 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 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?

    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they decide to continue. One example might be a bank 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 the 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 standard required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, although there will probably be additional 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 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 homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming 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. A list can be located at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?

    If the tenancy started 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 an 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 will 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 so that all documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?

    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC subject to one having been booked to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?

    From April 2020, all dwellings for rental must 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.

    Just How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost

    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor rather than via a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

    With over 12,000 EPCs completed over the past 6 years in Eastend, we’re thrilled to a part of this lively community.

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