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We are a group of accredited Surveyors, that undertake EPCs in Greenwich and nearby surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a house sale. The standard price of an EPC in Greenwich is Only £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video below will help. Or you can continue to read the brief 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: Woolwich, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley, Newham, Bexley, Tower Hamlets, Bromley, Barking, Bromley

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report that rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also give suggestions about energy improvements that could be made in the home which would help to reduce 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 illustrations 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 produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, just contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information about the current lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The details are then input approved government software which produces the certificate. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, we can 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 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.

Ways To Enhance Your EPC Rating

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

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These things will improve your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor should be able to obtain the majority of the information they require simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we need to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that are needed where no proof is gathered. If the term “as built” needs to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This can have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can provide documentary evidence of these types of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the Certificate and will likely improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from installer showing thickness fitted.

• Roof conversions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things 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 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 or home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi using 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 score. 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 will come as a bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned before. Where it can have a greater impact, is if the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are changing from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Unfortunately 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 Energy Performance Certificate as they are a low cost improvement that contributes to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Greenwich Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 can be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reduced prices for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Fines may 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating has to be at the least an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional info on MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 got 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine 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 rules. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. As time passes, we anticipate a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations 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?
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • 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?
    The answer is 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates 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 need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed 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 would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose to proceed. An example would be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, will 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 so as to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, however there will probably be extra 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 must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is 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. By law, the inbound resident need to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be found on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy started 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 an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from 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 that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor rather than via a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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