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Our company is a group of accredited Surveyors, that undertake EPCs in Soho and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a home sale. The typical cost of an EPC in Soho is Only £59

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip below could help. Or you can continue to read the quick 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 3 to 5 page report which rates the property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will give advice on energy improvements which can be made on the home which would help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. These are among the other reasons you may be asked to provide 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 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 sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as collect details about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the home..

The information is then put into approved government software which creates the EPC. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you require it urgently, for a small additional charge, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

How To Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple tips so 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 should be 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.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items which are needed where no information is gathered. When the term “as built” must be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This could have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

If you can supply documentary proof of any of these types of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

• Loft conversions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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 homes are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses 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 will make a difference, the most significant difference is only really achieved if you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is generally experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Soho Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 may be issued.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We provide reduced prices for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for breach 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 properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable solutions to achieve the standards.

In the event the landlord has expended 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 guidance 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 10 years maintained 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 see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken steps to attain 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 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.
What Properties Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    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 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). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties must 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 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?
    Homes 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 Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be issued 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. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they decide to continue. An example might be a bank 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 property can be in order to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard requested by banks when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra conditions in the agreement.

    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 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 is valid 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 for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming occupant need to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This 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 EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and also 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 so that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental must have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home 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 EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor as opposed to via a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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