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We are a team of accredited Assessors, that undertake EPCs throughout Northfield and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard price of an EPC in Northfield is £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or you’ve actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can look at 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving measures that can easily make a home less costly to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating found on electrical home appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for needing an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you must give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you might be asked to get 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 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 type of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake 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 accreditation scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus collect specifics of the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then put into approved government software which then produces the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need to have your EPC urgently, for a small 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 ten 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.

How To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some simple guidelines to ensure that your EPC reflects your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The information put into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically the Assessor will get most of the information whilst going around the home.

The Assessor must take photographic or obtain documentary information that is important for audit purposes. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software. In this case the program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

If you can supply documentary proof of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest impact 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 homes are generally heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a house heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC rating. Higher expenses 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 may come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as big an impact 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. However, where it does have a greater effect, is if your 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 usually felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the EPC as they are a low cost improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Northfield Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 can be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties must have a valid EPC. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties may 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 offer rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be reached 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 when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out affordable methods to reach the standards.

In the event the landlord has spent up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to provide 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 past ten years managed a register of all EPCs. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article is available here. Make sure you are not among them. As time passes, we expect more and more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, 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 below an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can provide expect advice 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.

What Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?

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

    The 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 must 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 a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase 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.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?

    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient improvements will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.

    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?

    A set penalty charge of £200 can be given 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. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to proceed. One example might be a financial institution lending money against a rental property, might require 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 dwelling can be in order to rent out. Also, it is becoming the baseline requested by banks when lending money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, but there are more likely to 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 must 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 good for a further ten years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are for sale 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. The list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need 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 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 all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed With No EPC?

    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.

    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?

    From 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    How Much Is An EPC?

    The cost of an EPC is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor rather than via a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

    We’d want to thanks customers present and past in Northfield for using us to be there service provider. It’s a great area to live and work.

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