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We are a group of local Surveyors, who undertake EPCs in Lewisham and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Lewisham is Only £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are not clear of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below will help. Or you can continue to read the quick 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 three to five page report which rates your property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will also provide advice on energy improvements which can be made on the property which would help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for requiring an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, by law, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. 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 the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested 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 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. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to obtain the required information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also obtain information about the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. A normal size property will take around 20 and 30 minutes..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you require it quickly, for a small additional cost, 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.

Tips On How To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some simple tips to ensure that your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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

Your Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is important for audit purposes. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software. In this situation the software program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of any of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

• 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 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 things that have the most significant 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 properties 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 home heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical home which is 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 £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. 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 particular one will come as 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 previously mentioned. Where it can have a greater effect, is when the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is usually noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the EPC as they are an inexpensive improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Lewisham Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 can be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We provide discounts 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 EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Fines can 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 must be a minimum of an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For more 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 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 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article is available here. Ensure you are not among them. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, however, 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 demonstrate that you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain 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?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An EPC?
    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 has 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, 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?
    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 property which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they decide to proceed. An example might be a bank loaning money 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 getting to be the baseline requested by banks when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds if it is below an E, but there are more likely to be extra clauses in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need 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 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, 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 resident need to be provided with 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A 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 period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the EPC the tenant will 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 records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been requested to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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