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We are a group of accredited Surveyors, that 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 do an EPC in Reading is only £59 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Some people are not clear 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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five 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. These are some of the other reasons you may be asked to produce an EPC.

• 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, simply 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 necessary information for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property plus obtain specifics of the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. A normal size property normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then put into approved government software which produces the certificate. The EPC Certificate 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 urgently, for a small additional charge, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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 give you some easy guidelines to ensure that your EPC reflects your property in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC score

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The information entered into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get most of the information whilst going around the property.

What we should avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items that are needed where no information is gathered. When the term “as built” has to be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based upon 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 supply documentary proof of these sorts of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and will probably improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

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

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 kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a house heated by gas would cost around 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 using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £596 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
Although improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved if you are improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific object, this kind of 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. If you are a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fines of up to £5,000 could be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines 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 property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating has to be a minimum of an E. The policies that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional info on MEES go to 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 needs to do something 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is available 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 post 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. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, having said that, are not intended 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 reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.
Which Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • 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 recorded 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 have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot 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?
    Dwellings 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 dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    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 seller 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they choose to continue. An example would be a financial institution 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 standard 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 agreement.

    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 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which 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 defined 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.

    Along with 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 correct legal advice to ensure all paperwork 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 cannot 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 must 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.
    Do You Know The Price Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor as opposed to using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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