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We are a group of accredited Assessors, that carry out EPCs throughout Southfields and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a property sale. The typical price of an EPC in Southfields is Only £59

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve been recently required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check our information video that describes 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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EPC refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report that rates the home from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements which can be made in the home that could help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, by law, you have to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you may be required to get 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 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 particular EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. 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 certification scheme.

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

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. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional charge, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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 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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Typically your Assessor is able to 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.

Your Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary evidence which is necessary for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software. In this situation the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of any of these types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest impact on the energy rating are:

• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.
• The heating system.

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 around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very 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 £596 to heat by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses equals lower scores.

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 major an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as earlier mentioned. However, where it will have a larger effect, 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 home.

With double glazing the perception is generally experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the EPC since they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to lower 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 property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 could be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for breach 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 need to be not less than an E. The regulations that control 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 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 maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent 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. Make sure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate a lot more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The initial 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 reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you may 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.
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.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without 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 least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates a property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may 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 would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they choose 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 the 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 banking institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds if 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 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 homes that 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A 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 provided the tenant with an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to 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 acquire one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental will need to 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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