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We are a group of accredited Surveyors, that undertake EPCs in Redbridge and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard cost of an EPC in Redbridge is Only £59

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or you’ve actually been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can take a look at our information video clip 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 gives advice on energy saving measures that can make a property less costly to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score seen on electrical home appliances, it will give the home a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK residence is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. However you might be required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for some 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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the home to obtain the required information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather details about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. A typical size home takes around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then put into approved government software which produces the certificate. The EPC is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you require your EPC urgently, for a modest additional fee, we can provide an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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.

How To Enhance Your EPC Rating

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

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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The information entered into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

What we should avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items that will be required where no proof is obtained. When the term “as built” must be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based on 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 supply documentary proof of these kinds of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Loft extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main impact on the energy rating are:


• The heating system.
• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.

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 example a property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. Higher expenses 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 will come as a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an effect 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 before. Where it will have a greater effect, is if your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When 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 home.

With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Redbridge Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties of up to £5,000 may be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We provide reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties 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 provide rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least 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 attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable methods to achieve the standards.

If the landlord has invested 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 assistance 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC 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 information is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The first 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 steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance 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 Properties Do Not Need To Have 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.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 has 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 landlord will have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, 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 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be given for failure to comply in the following instances: 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 An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain score before they decide to continue. One example might be a financial institution loaning money against a rental property, will require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your 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. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by banking institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, but there will probably be additional conditions in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would simply have to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties will need to 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?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant has to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be located 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 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 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 documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been planned to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain 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 home from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of via a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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