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Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or maybe you’ve been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check out our information video that describes 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 report that rates the property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will provide recommendations on energy improvements which can be made on the property that will help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for requiring an EPC is If you are selling or renting a property. It is because, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you could be asked 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 demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, simply give us a call for further 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 data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information about the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then entered into approved government software which produces the certificate. The EPC will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need to have your EPC quickly, for a small additional fee, we will produce 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.

Tips On How To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some easy tips to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your property in the very best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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The information put into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

What we want to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items that are required where no information is gathered. When the term “as built” needs to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. EPC rating.

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


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

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

• Solar PV or Solar Thermal – An MCS certificate from installer.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the biggest effect 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 homes are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £596 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC rating. Higher costs 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
This will come as a bit of a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it does have a greater impact, is when your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If 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 property.

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 particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Merton Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines up to £5,000 can be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reduced prices for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for breach 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 must be not less than an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost effective ways to achieve the standards.

If 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 last ten years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, 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 currently taking or have taken actions to reach 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 advice 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?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • 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.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 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 have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating cannot 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?
    Properties 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 can be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: 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, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they choose to continue. One example might be a bank lending funds against a rental property, would require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your 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 funds if it is below an E, however there will probably be extra clauses in the agreement.

    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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident 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 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 started or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate 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 A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC subject to one having been requested to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed 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 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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