Forest Hill EPC Assessors

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epcHome is an EPC supplier undertaking EPCs in Forest Hill as well as nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a house sale. Our standard charge to undertake an EPC in Forest Hill is simply £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

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 look at our information video 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: Oxford, Cold Harbour, Kidlington

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report which rates the property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will also give suggestions about energy improvements that could be made in the home that would help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you could be asked to get an Energy Performance Certificate for some 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 requested 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 particular EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just phone us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the property to obtain the necessary information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

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

The obtained information then input approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate is then 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 charge, we can produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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
  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 Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic guidelines so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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

The Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary information which is important for audit purposes. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software. In cases like this the software will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

Whenever you can provide documentary proof of these sorts of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC.


• Any wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or receipts from the installer

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

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

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 typically heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses 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 particular one will come as a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as previously mentioned. Where it will have a more substantial impact, is when the home is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are improving from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

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

 

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

Forest Hill Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties as much as £5,000 could be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for violation 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 need to be a minimum of an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. To learn more about 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. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has 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 past 10 years kept a register of all EPCs. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to show that you are currently taking or have taken steps to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.

What Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?

  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • 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.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?

    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at the 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 can not be reached, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A 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 lowest. Properties 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 fixed penalty charge of £200 may 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. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they decide to continue. One example might be a bank loaning 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 dwelling can be to be able to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, however there will probably be extra conditions in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?

    It would simply need to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must 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 10 years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Yes, 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. Legally, the inbound resident must be given 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 found at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?

    If the tenancy commenced 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.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant would 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 so that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?

    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?

    Since 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 EPC Cost

    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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