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We are a group of accredited Assessors, who carry out EPCs throughout Rothwell and nearby surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a house sale. Our standard cost to carry out an EPC in Rothwell is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. The 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 stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document that rates your property from an A the best to G the worst. It will give advice on energy improvements that could be made on the property that will help to lower 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. The reason being, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you might be required to obtain an EPC 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 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 produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the home to get the necessary data for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home and also obtain information regarding the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the property..

The details are then put into approved government software which generates the EPC. The EPC Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional charge, we are able to 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 To Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic guidelines so your EPC reflects your home in the 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 which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary information which is important for audit purposes. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In this case the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

Whenever you can provide documentary proof of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to enhance the rating of your EPC.


• Any wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– Any guarantees, or invoice from the contractor

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

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

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

• Double glazing improvements 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 3 mains things that have the most significant 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 instance a house heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC score. Higher costs equates to lower scores.

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 one may come as a bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it can have a more substantial impact, is when your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are improving from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the Energy Performance Certificate because they are an inexpensive improvement that leads to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Rothwell Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines of up to £5,000 may be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reductions for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for infringement 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 supply rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to get to the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable methods to reach the standards.

When the landlord has spent up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to offer 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 Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time passes, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, 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 show that you are taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.
Which Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    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 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 rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the 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 need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine 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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they decide to proceed. One example would be a financial institution loaning 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 baseline requested by banking institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be added conditions 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 will need to 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 will be valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming resident need to 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. 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 given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate in addition to 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 Home Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been booked to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC 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 property from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor as opposed to via a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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