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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 Kingston upon Thames 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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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document which rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also provide suggestions about energy improvements that may be made on the home that might help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, by law, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you could be required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for some of these reasons..

• 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 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 sort of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, simply contact us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the property to obtain the required data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

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

The obtained information then put into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need your EPC urgently, for a modest additional fee, we will provide an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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.

How You Can Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some simple tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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The information put into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the property.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items that will be required where no evidence is obtained. If the term “as built” has to be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC score.

If you can provide documentary proof of these kinds of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

• Any wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three 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 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 property heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical property 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 property, it would cost £596 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC score. Higher expenses 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
This one will come as a bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as previously mentioned. However, where it can have a more substantial effect, is when the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc 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 typically felt 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 comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Kingston upon Thames 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 penalties as high as £5,000 could be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We provide 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 rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Fines may be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be at least an E. The policies that regulate this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently 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 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 10 years managed a register of all EPCs. The register is found 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 required E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we expect a lot more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st 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 steps 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 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 Requiring An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC registered on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC needs 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 rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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?
    Dwellings 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 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 situations: 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 An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they decide to continue. An example might be a financial institution lending 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 the 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 getting to be the baseline required by banking institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be additional clauses 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 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 will be valid 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 homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant need to be given 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. This list is available 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 with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will 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 presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be acquired within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all properties for rental 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor rather than via a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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