EPC Assessors in Great Linford area

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We are a group of local Assessors, that carry out EPCs throughout Great Linford and nearby surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a property sale. The standard price of an EPC in Great Linford is Only £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video 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.

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 best to G the worst. It will provide advice on energy improvements which can be made in the property which would help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you may be required 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 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 sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the property to get the required information for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as collect details about the present lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. A normal size property normally takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then entered into approved government software which produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate will then be 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 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
  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 Rating

Here we will provide you with some easy tips so that your EPC shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data put into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the property.

The Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary information that is needed for audit reasons. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software program. In such a case the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

Whenever you can provide documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from installer showing thickness fitted.

• Roof extensions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

• Any type of wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or invoice from the installer

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains 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 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 home heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home 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 £556 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equates to 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 improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved when upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular object, this kind of comfort gain is just not measured.

 

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

Great Linford Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 could be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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

This is where the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable solutions to reach 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 offer 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 last ten years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The initial 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 taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide expect guidance 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring 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 An EPC?

    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 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 typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be at least 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 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 upgrades will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.

    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?

    A set penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the vendor 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?

    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they choose to proceed. An example might be a bank loaning 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 property can be in order to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard requested by banks when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds if it is below an E, however there are more likely to be additional conditions in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?

    It will simply need 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 is 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 that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant need to be given an EPC.

    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?

    All listed properties are exempt from requiring 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 commenced 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 an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need 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 that all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without An EPC?

    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.

    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?

    From 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    What Is The Cost Of An EPC?

    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor rather than using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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