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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in Hammersmith and Fulham is £59.

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 gives advice on energy saving measures that can easily make a property more affordable to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on home appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK residence is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a property. It is because, legally, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. These are some of the other reasons you may be asked 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 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 type of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a qualified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to get the required information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information regarding the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. A normal size property usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which then generates the EPC. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need to have your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, we will produce 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 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 Improve Your EPC Rating

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

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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The information put into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically your Assessor will get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary information that is necessary for audit purposes. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software. In this instance the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the Certificate and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Roof conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the main impact 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 example 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 with a typically semi using around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £596 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equates to 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
Although improvements to the double glazing will make a difference, the most significant increase is actually really achieved if you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is generally sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Hammersmith and Fulham 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 laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 can be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Before 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating has to be a minimum of an E. The regulations that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in 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. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord needs 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 last ten years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time passes, we expect a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, however, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to show you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide expect guidance 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?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 ).
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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). An 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 lift 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.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Properties rented out in the private sector will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal 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 set penalty charge of £200 can be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they decide to proceed. An example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, will 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 for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by financial institutions when lending funds against a property.

    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 extra conditions in the agreement.

    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 above. 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?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant must be provided with 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 can be found 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 given the tenant an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as 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 documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all properties for rental must 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.
    Do You Know The Price Of An EPC?
    The price of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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