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We are a group of local Surveyors, that undertake EPCs throughout Rushden and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our standard charge to undertake an EPC in Rushden is only £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check 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 provides advice on energy saving actions that can make a property more cost-effective to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score found on appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home is rated at a D60.

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 will be 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 might have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to get the necessary information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property and also gather information regarding the current lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. An average size property normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then put into approved government software which creates the certificate. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you need your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, we will 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 You Can Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some easy tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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The data put into the software is based on proof that the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically the Assessor can get most of the information whilst going around the property.

Your Assessor must take photographic or obtain documentary information that is important for audit reasons. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software. In such a case the program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

If you can supply documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness installed.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main effect 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 instance a house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same house 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 property, it would cost £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC 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 upgrades to the double glazing does make a difference, the greatest difference is only really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Rushden 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 regulations, as civil penalties as much as £5,000 can be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We offer reductions for several 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 EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for violation of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be a minimum of an E. The policies that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional info 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 needs 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 10 years managed a register of all EPCs. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. This article is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These 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 lower than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain 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 Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private sector will be required to have 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be given 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 future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they decide to proceed. An example would be a financial institution 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 your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be so as to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard required by financial institutions when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, however there are more likely to be added conditions in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will 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 above. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident need to be provided with 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from 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 to ensure that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental must 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.
    What Is The Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor rather than via a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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