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We are a group of accredited 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). Our standard charge to do an EPC in Lewisham is just £55 inclusive.

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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An EPC is a legal report that gives advice on energy saving actions that can easily make a property more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating seen 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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{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 the above examples 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 type of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the home to obtain the necessary information for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

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 certificate. 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. However, should you require your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, 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 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 basic 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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The information entered into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically the Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

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.

If 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 installed.

• 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 biggest 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 typically 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 same home which is 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 property, it would cost £556 to heat by 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 mentioned above. Where it can have a greater effect, is if 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 normally 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, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties 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 need to 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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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 get to the minimum.

This is where the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable methods to attain the standards.

In the event the landlord has expended 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 advice 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 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 recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we anticipate an increasing number of Councils 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 demonstrate that you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain 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 needs to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the most efficient) 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 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?
    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 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 certain 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 dwelling can be for you to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by banks when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow 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 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 for sale 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 seven 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 needs 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 for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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