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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in St Leonards is £59.

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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document which rates the property from an A the best to G the worst. It will provide suggestions about energy improvements which can be made in the home that could help to reduce 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 property. This is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. These are among the other reasons you may be required 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to obtain the required information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather information about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. A typical size home normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then creates the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

Tips On How To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some simple guidelines to ensure that your EPC reflects your property in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC score

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The data entered into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

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

If you can supply documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely help the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness fitted.

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main 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 typically 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 somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £596 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC score. Higher expenses equates to 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 particular one may come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it can have a more substantial effect, is if the house is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are improving from pre 2002 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 usually felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

St Leonards Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 could be issued.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also offer discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Fines 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 offer rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least 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 get to the minimum.

This is where the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective methods to reach the standards.

If the landlord has put in up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to provide assistance 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 10 years kept a register of all EPCs. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties 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 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. The information is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. Over time, we expect a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, however, are not intended 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 taking or have taken steps to reach 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 give you expect advice 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must 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). The rating of 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 undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, then an exemption can be applied for by going to the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores a property from A, the best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed 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 An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose to continue. An example might be a bank lending funds against a rental property, might require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be to be able to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline requested by banks when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be additional clauses in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will 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 is good 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 inbound occupant need to be given 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. The list can be found on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy started or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using 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 needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate in addition to 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 all documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    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 Does An EPC Cost
    The price of an EPC is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor rather than via a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    We’ve been providing EPCs in St Leonards for upwards of 6 years and are delighted to be keeping prices down in the area. This has really helped us to become one of the leading suppliers in the locality.
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