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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in Richmond is £59.

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 refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report which rates the property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will provide advice on energy improvements which might be made in the property that will help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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{There are various reasons that you may be asked to provide an EPC. The most common of these are if you are selling a property or if you are renting a property. It is a legal requirement that an EPC is given to the other party.}.

• 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 illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, just contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a certified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to obtain the necessary information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus gather information regarding the present lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. An average size property will take around 20 and 30 minutes..

The information is then put into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you require it quickly, for a small additional charge, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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 You Can Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some easy guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These will enhance your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor is able to obtain the majority of the information they need by just going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

The Assessor must take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is required for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software. In cases like this the program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

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


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the biggest impact on the energy rating are:

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

Main Source of Fuel
UK properties 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 home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £596 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences 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 can make a difference, the most significant increase 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 small improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally sensed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular item, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the EPC as they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Richmond Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties of up to £5,000 can be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for infringement of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be a minimum of an E. The regulations that regulate this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional information on MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently 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 has got to take steps 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 kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The information is available here. Ensure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate a lot more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate you are 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 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.
What Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must have a valid EPC registered 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 have to be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve 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.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
    Homes rented out in the private sector will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a property 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 may be given for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they choose to continue. One example would be a bank lending funds 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 property can be in order 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 money when it is below an E, however there are more likely to be added clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would simply need 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 will be 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 properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant must be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available 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 EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will 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 to ensure all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since 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 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.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs carried out during the last 6 years in Richmond, we are thrilled to a part of this lively community.
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