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We are a group of accredited Surveyors, who undertake EPCs in Reading and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a home sale. Our usual charge to undertake an EPC in Reading is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video below might 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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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report that rates the property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will provide recommendations on energy improvements which might be made in the property that will help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. It is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you could be asked 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 examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind 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. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just contact us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to obtain the required information 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 property plus obtain specifics of the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. A normal size property normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which creates the EPC. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you require 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 completedYour 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 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.

How You Can Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some easy guidelines to ensure that your EPC shows your property in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor can get the vast majority of information they require by just going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we need to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that are needed where no information is obtained. If the term “as built” has to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

If you can provide documentary proof of any of these sorts of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and will probably help the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof conversions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

• Any type of wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or receipts from the contractor

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the main 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 example a property heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. 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 one may come as a bit of 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 earlier mentioned. However, where it can have a more substantial impact, is if the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are changing from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Unfortunately 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 lighting does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate since they are an inexpensive improvement that contributes to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Reading Landlord EPC Services

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

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties should have a valid EPC. Before that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for violation 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 supply 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 will need to take steps to reach the minimum.

This is where the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective methods to attain the standards.

When the landlord has put in 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see 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 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time passes, we expect an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be below 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 specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.
Which Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is 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 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 should be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve 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.

    What Is The Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty 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 vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they choose to continue. An example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, would 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. It is also becoming the baseline required by banking institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, although there will probably be additional clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply 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 valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, 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 resident must 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be found 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as the EPC 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 correct legal advice to ensure all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been planned to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be acquired 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 dwellings for rental will 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.
    Just How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    The price of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor rather than using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs completed over the last 6 years in Reading, we are thrilled to a part of this lively community.
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