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We are a team of accredited Surveyors, who undertake EPCs throughout Lambeth and nearby surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a house sale. Our normal charge to do an EPC in Lambeth is just £59 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during the last ten years, or perhaps you’ve recently been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check out 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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EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document which rates the property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also provide suggestions about energy improvements which can be made in the home that will help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you may be required to provide 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 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, simply contact us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

The Assessor will take dimensions of the property plus gather specifics of the present lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. An average size home takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then input approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you require it urgently, for a small additional charge, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

How To Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some simple guidelines so your EPC reflects your home in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor is able to obtain most of the information they need by just going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we want to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items which are required where no proof is gathered. When the term “as built” has to be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

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


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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the main 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 generally heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a house heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher costs equates to 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 may come as a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as major 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 as previously mentioned. Where it does have a greater impact, is if the property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is usually experienced 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 because they are an affordable improvement that leads to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Lambeth Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties up to £5,000 could be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for violation of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to supply rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable methods to reach the standards.

If the landlord has put in up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to offer assistance all the way.

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 maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, 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 less than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you might 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.
What Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must have a valid EPC recorded 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 average UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be a minimum of 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 raise the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the seller 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. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific 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 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 getting to be the baseline required by banks when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, but there will probably be extra clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply 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 above. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is good 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 for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident must be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being identified 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 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 period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from 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 paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having been planned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From 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 Does An EPC Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor rather than using a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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