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Our company is a group of accredited Surveyors, that undertake EPCs in Redbridge and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). 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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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document which rates the home from an A the best to G the worst. It will provide recommendations on energy improvements that could be made on the property that will help to reduce your energy bills.

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. This is because, legally, you have to give the incoming occupant 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 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 called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. If you need 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 Assessor has to undertake a visit to the home to get the necessary information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

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

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which generates the EPC. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

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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The information entered into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get most of the information whilst going around the home.

Your Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is needed for audit reasons. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In this instance the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the Certificate and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.


• 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.

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

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

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 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 somewhere in the region of 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 using a typically semi-detached 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 greatest increase is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally noticed 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 help the Energy Performance Certificate since they are a low cost 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 landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 may be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide discounts for a number of 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 at the least an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For more information on MEES go to 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 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 past ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals 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 found out 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 expect 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 show that you are currently taking or have taken actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you 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 Requiring An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 needs 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). 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 landlord 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. Properties 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 owner 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. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they choose to continue. One example would be a bank loaning money against a rental property, might 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 dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline required by financial institutions 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 are more likely to be extra clauses 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 valid 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 using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as 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 so that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC subject to one having actually 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 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost
    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 straight to an approved Assessor as opposed to using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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