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What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve been recently required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should look at our information video clip 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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report which rates the home from an A the best to G the worst. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements which can be made in the property that will help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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{There are various reasons that you may be asked to provide an EPC. The most common of these are if you are selling a property or if you are renting a property. It is a legal requirement that an EPC is given to the other party.}.

• 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 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 produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, simply phone us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus collect information regarding the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. An average size property takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then put into approved government software which then produces the certificate. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it quickly, for a small additional charge, we will 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
  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 Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some basic tips so your EPC reflects your property in the best light.

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These will improve your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor is able to get the vast majority of 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 will be required where no evidence is obtained. If the term “as built” needs to be used then the software 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}

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


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

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

• Loft extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural drawings.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things 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 properties are generally heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating score. 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 does make a difference, the greatest increase is actually really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is generally experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific object, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the EPC because they are an inexpensive improvement that leads to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Stantonbury Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 could be issued.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reduced prices for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties must have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Fines can 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 highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be at least an E. The policies that regulate this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord will have to take steps 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 last 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required 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 rules. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, 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 show that you are currently taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.

What Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?

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

    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC has to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be at 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 improve the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting 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 scores the property from A, the best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from 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 can be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the seller 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. Nonetheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific score before they choose to continue. One example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, will 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 standard required by banking institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, but there are more likely to be additional 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 must 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 will be good for a further 10 years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident must be given an EPC.

    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?

    All listed properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be found 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the EPC the tenant would 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 to ensure that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?

    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having been commissioned to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.

    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?

    Since April 2020, all properties for rental will need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost

    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

    We’ve been providing EPCs in Stantonbury for over 6 years and are delighted to be keeping charges down in the area. This has helped us to become one of the leading providers in the area.

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