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We are a group of accredited Assessors, who 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. 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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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can easily make a home less expensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home is rated at a D60.

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 asked 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 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 particular 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. If 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 EPC is done by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to obtain the required information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property and also collect information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. An average size home usually takes around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

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, if 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 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 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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The data put into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the property.

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 impact on the {rating of the EPC}

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


• 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.

• Loft 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.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest 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 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
Although improvements to the double glazing will make a difference, the biggest increase is only really achieved when upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is generally noticed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular item, this kind of comfort gain is just not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the EPC as they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution 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, ensure 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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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to supply rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least an E much be reached on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to get to the minimum.

This is when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost effective solutions to reach the standards.

If 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 give 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 past ten 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 anticipate an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, 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 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 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 Do Not Require 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 situations: 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 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 financial 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 is valid for a further ten 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 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.

    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 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.
    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 using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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