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We are a group of accredited Surveyors, that undertake EPCs in Redbridge and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. The typical price of an EPC in Redbridge is £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video below will help. Or you can always 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 recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a property inexpensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on electrical home appliances, it will give the home 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 common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a home. The reason being, legally, you must give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you may be asked to get an Energy Performance Certificate for any 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, just contact us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a professional and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain information about the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. A normal size home normally takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then generates the EPC. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you require your EPC quickly, for a small additional fee, we can provide 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 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.

Tips On How To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some easy tips to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor will obtain the vast majority of information they need by simply going around the home. 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 term “as built” for items that will be required where no evidence is obtained. If the term “as built” must be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative impact 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 likely improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

• Any type of wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or invoice from the installer.

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from installer showing thickness fitted.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the biggest impact 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 properties are generally 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 or home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is normally sensed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is just not measured.

 

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

Redbridge Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 may be issued.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We offer discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be not less than an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord will have to take measures 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 ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You can 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 post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to get to 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 give you expect advice 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC needs 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot be reached, 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 rates a property from A, the best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient improvements will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they choose to continue. One example would be a financial institution loaning money against a rental property, will require 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 for you to rent out. It is also becoming the standard required by banks when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, however there will probably be extra conditions in the contract.

    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 above. 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 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 given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy commenced or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the Energy Performance Certificate 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 that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC subject to one having been planned to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor as opposed to using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs carried out over the past 6 years in Redbridge, we’re thrilled to a part of this lively community.
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