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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 Shenley Brook End 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving actions that can make a home inexpensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK property is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for requiring an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you have to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you might be required 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 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 called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply phone us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the property to get the required 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 property and also gather information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. A normal size property usually takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The obtained information then put into approved government software which then generates the EPC. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, 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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some simple guidelines so that your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor is able to get almost all of the information they require by just going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is necessary for audit purposes. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software. In this case the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof conversions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main effect 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 typically 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 property or home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical property or home 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 property, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. 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 particular one will come as a surprise, but double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned before. However, where it can have a more substantial impact, is if your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is generally 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 EPC because they are an inexpensive improvement that makes a contribution to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Shenley Brook End Landlord EPC Services

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

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Fines can 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 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 regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about 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 will have 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 past 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties 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 discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not meant 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 demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can provide expect recommendations 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.
Which Properties Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, from 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 set penalty charge of £200 can 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 potential 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 specific rating before they decide to proceed. One example might be a bank loaning money against a rental property, will require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC 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. Also, it is getting to be the baseline required by financial institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds if 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 have to be renewed Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties need to have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or over. 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 EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident 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 identified 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the EPC the tenant would 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC subject to one having been booked to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    From 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Cost Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor rather than via a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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