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We are a group of qualified Assessors, who carry out EPCs throughout Feltham 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). The typical cost of an EPC in Feltham is £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can take a look at our information video 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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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates your property from an A the best to G the worst. It will also provide suggestions about energy improvements that could be made in the property which would help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a property. The reason being, by law, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. These are among the other reasons you could be asked to produce an EPC.

• 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 requested by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, simply contact us 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 must visit the property to obtain the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as collect specifics of the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The details are then input approved government software which generates the certificate. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you require it urgently, for a small additional cost, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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 To Enhance Your EPC Score

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 score

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The information put into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically the Assessor can get most of the information whilst going around the property.

What we want to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items which will be required where no information is obtained. When the term “as built” has to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these types of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably improve the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects 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 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 generally heated by either of these kinds of 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 similar property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating score. 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing does make a difference, the greatest increase is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular object, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate because they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Feltham Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners 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 could be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also provide discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties can 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 offer rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be reached on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out affordable solutions to achieve 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 give advice 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 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC 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 out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article is available here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can provide 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC recorded 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating can not 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?
    Homes rented out in the private sector will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful 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 can be given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the prospective 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 have a certain score before they choose to proceed. An example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, would require 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 for you to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard required by banking institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money if 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 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 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 for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant must be given 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available 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 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 proper legal advice to ensure all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all properties 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Do You Know The Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor rather than through a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs carried out during the last 6 years in Feltham, we are thrilled to an element of this vibrant community.
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