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Our company is a group of local Surveyors, that carry out EPCs throughout Newham and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a property sale. Our typical cost to carry out an EPC in Newham is only £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Many people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video below will help. Or you can carry on and 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 advice on energy saving measures that can make a home more affordable to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very 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 property is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, by law, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. However you might be required to obtain an EPC for any one 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 of 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, simply contact us for further advice.

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 EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as collect information about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then entered into approved government software which generates the certificate. The EPC is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you require it quickly, for a small additional cost, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some basic guidelines so that your EPC shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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The information entered into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is important for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software. In such a case the software will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Loft extensions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

• Any wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or receipts from the installer

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from installers showing thickness installed.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items 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 homes 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 home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC rating. 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 one may come as a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as big 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 in the property as mentioned before. Where it does have a larger effect, is if the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When 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 normally experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction 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 EPC because they are a low cost improvement that makes a contribution to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Newham Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 may be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also 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 current rental properties should have a valid EPC. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary 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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An EPC rates the home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating has to be at least an E. The policies that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has to take steps 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 last 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is found 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 minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The information is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, however, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to show you are taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance 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?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not be attained, 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?
    Homes rented out in the private sector will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a dwelling 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 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 You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, will require 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 so as to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    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 conditions 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 higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is valid for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant has to be provided with 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 defined 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 EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides 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 all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC subject to one having been booked to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings 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 Cost Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor rather than through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    We’ve been supplying EPCs in Newham for upwards of 6 years and are delighted to be keeping costs down in the area. This has helped us to become one of the leading providers in the area.
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