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We are a group of accredited Assessors, that carry out EPCs throughout Merton and nearby surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a home sale. The standard price of an EPC in Merton is Only £59

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are not clear of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip below may help. Or you can continue to read the brief 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 recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a property less expensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score found on electrical home appliances, it will give the property a score 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 of 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, just 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 must go to property to obtain the necessary information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as collect information about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. An average size property will take around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then entered into approved government software which then creates the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate is then 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 quickly, for a modest additional charge, we can 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 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 Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some basic tips so that your EPC shows your property in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC score

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The information put into the software is based on proof which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

The Assessor must take photographic or gather documentary evidence which is necessary for audit reasons. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In this situation the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

If you can provide documentary proof of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely help the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:


• The levels of insulation in the property.
• The heating system.
• The main source of fuel for heating the property

Main Source of Fuel
UK properties 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 somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £596 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher expenses equals 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the greatest increase is actually really achieved when upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, it will only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is generally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate because they are an affordable improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Merton Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties up to £5,000 could be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Fines may 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 provide rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be a minimum of an energy rating of an E. 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 must work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective ways to achieve the standards.

If the landlord has invested 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 guidance 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 located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The information is available here. Make sure you are not among them. As time passes, we anticipate a lot more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you 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.
What Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    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 has 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). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores a property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Properties rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be issued 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 would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score before they decide to proceed. One example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, might require that 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 to be able to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by banks when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, but there will probably be extra clauses in the arrangement.

    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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be good for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming occupant has to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be located 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs 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 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all records is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been booked to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire 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 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.
    What Is The Price Of An EPC?
    The price of an EPC is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor as opposed to using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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