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We are a team of accredited Surveyors, that carry out EPCs in Hackney and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our usual cost to undertake an EPC in Hackney is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving actions that can make a home less expensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK residence is rated at a D60.

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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to obtain the necessary information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property and also collect specifics of the present lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the home..

The details are then input approved government software which then creates the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you need your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we will produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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 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 offer you some simple guidelines to ensure that your EPC shows your property in the very best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor can obtain almost all of the information they require by simply going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items which will be required where no information is gathered. When the term “as built” must be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC rating.

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of any of these types of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably increase the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:


• The heating system.
• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in 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 example a house heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar house which is 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 by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC rating. Higher costs 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 one may come as a bit of a surprise, but double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned above. Where it does have a greater impact, is when the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is usually felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the Energy Performance Certificate since they are an inexpensive improvement that leads to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Hackney Landlord EPC Services

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

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer reduced prices for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance 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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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 regulations that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional info on MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

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

These policies, nevertheless, are not meant 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 you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you 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.
Which Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    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 must 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 least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be reached, 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?
    Properties rented out in the private market will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal 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 circumstances: 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 specified rating before they decide to proceed. One example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, will require 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 dwelling can be to be able to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by banking institutions when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not to say 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 have 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 is valid for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming 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 defined 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 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the EPC 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 to ensure that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been booked to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be acquired within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor as opposed to using a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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