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We are a group of accredited Assessors, who carry out EPCs throughout Southfields and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our normal charge to do an EPC in Southfields is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Some people are not clear of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video below will 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 refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report that rates the property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements which can be made in the property that could help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you have to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you may be required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate 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 asked 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 type of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. In case you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to obtain the required data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property and also collect information regarding the present lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The information is then input approved government software which 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. However, should you require your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, we will produce an EPC for you on the same 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
  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 Score

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

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor can obtain almost all of the information they need simply by going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we should avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items that are needed where no information is gathered. If the term “as built” has to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. This can have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

If you can supply documentary evidence of these types of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof conversions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

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

• Any type of wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest 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 homes 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 example a home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same 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 home, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts 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 one may come as a bit of a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned before. Where it will have a larger impact, is when the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 upvc 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 usually noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an affordable improvement that contributes to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Southfields Landlord EPC Services

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

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We offer reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary 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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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating must be at least an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 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 maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we expect an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, however, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.

Which Properties Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?

  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?

    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC registered 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 the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would have to carry out 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?

    Properties rented out in the private market will be required to possess 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 set penalty charge of £200 may 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 prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.

    Can You Fail An EPC?

    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they decide to proceed. An example would be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, might require that 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 becoming the baseline required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

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

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?

    It would simply 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 is valid 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 homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident must 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. A list can be located at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will 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 so that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without An EPC?

    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    Just How Much Will An EPC Cost

    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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