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Our company is a group of local Surveyors, who undertake EPCs in Newlands and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, 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 Newlands is Only £55

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or maybe you’ve actually been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check our information video that explains 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 stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates the home from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also provide advice on energy improvements which can be made in the home that could help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you could be required to get 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 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 known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, simply phone us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to get the necessary information 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 property plus collect specifics of the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the home..

The details are then input approved government software which creates the certificate. The EPC will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you need your EPC urgently, for a modest additional charge, we can produce an EPC for you on the same 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
  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 Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some basic guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor will get most of the information they require simply by going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items which are required where no proof is gathered. When the term “as built” has to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC score.

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


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest 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 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 example a property heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using 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 impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher costs equals 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 imagine. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it will have a larger impact, is when your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are improving from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

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 measured.

 

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

Newlands Landlord EPC Services

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

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We provide reductions for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties 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 homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least 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 must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable solutions to reach the standards.

In the event 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 give assistance 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. The register is available 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 post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we expect an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, nevertheless, 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 actions to reach 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 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 Require An EPC?

  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?

    No. From April 2020 all rental homes 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). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not 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?

    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates a property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient improvements 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 instances: on sale or rent the vendor 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. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution loaning money 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 the 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 standard requested by banking institutions when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, although there will probably be additional conditions 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 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 ten years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant must 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?

    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using 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 time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate in addition to 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.

    Could You Market A Home With No EPC?

    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been commissioned to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?

    From 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 home 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 Energy Performance Certificate?

    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor as opposed to via a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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