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We are a team of qualified Surveyors, who carry out EPCs in Slough and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our standard price to do an EPC in Slough is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are not clear of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video below may help. Or you can continue to 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides advice on energy saving measures that can easily make a property more affordable to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score found on electrical home appliances, it will give the property 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 requiring an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you must give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you may be asked to obtain an EPC for any one 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 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 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 show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a qualified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the necessary information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain information about the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The information is then input approved government software which creates the certificate. The EPC Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need 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 completedYour EPC is then valid for ten 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.

Tips On How To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some simple tips to ensure that your EPC shows your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor will get almost all of the information they need by simply 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 needed for audit reasons. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software. In such a case the software will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

• Roof 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 Cavity/Internal/External– Any guarantees, or receipts from the contractor

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the biggest 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 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 home heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher costs equates to 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 biggest increase is only really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a modest increase in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is generally felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Slough Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 could be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reduced prices for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines 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 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 policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. If there is 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 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is less than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance 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 Need To Have An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • 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.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC recorded 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, 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 scores the property from A, the best to G, the worst. Properties 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 can be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose 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 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 getting to be the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning money against a home.

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

    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 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties 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 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 given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the EPC 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all properties for rental 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.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor as opposed to using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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