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Our company is a group of accredited Assessors, who undertake EPCs throughout Hackney 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 property sale. Our standard charge to undertake an EPC in Hackney is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Some people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video below might help. Or you can always 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.

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report which rates the home from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements which might be made in the property that will help to lower 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 of the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked 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 known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, simply phone us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the home to obtain the required data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather specifics of the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need your EPC quickly, for a modest additional fee, 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.

Tips On How To Boost Your EPC Rating

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

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor will obtain most 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 should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that will be required where no proof is obtained. When the term “as built” has to be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC score.

If you can supply documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural 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 generally 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 house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC 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
Although improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest increase is only really achieved when upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a modest rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular object, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate because 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. If you are a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties up to £5,000 may be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties must have a valid EPC. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties and fees 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be not less than an E. The regulations that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. To learn more about 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. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has got to take measures 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 ten years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC 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 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The article is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. Over time, we expect a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can provide 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 Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • 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.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC registered 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 should be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise 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?
    Homes 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 unlawful to rent out a property which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be given 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 prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose to proceed. One example would be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the 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 becoming the standard required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, however there will probably be added conditions in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will 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 higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid 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 being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming occupant need to 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. The list can be located 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 EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the EPC the tenant would have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and 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 documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having been planned to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental will 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.
    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor instead of via a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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