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We are a team of accredited Surveyors, who undertake EPCs throughout Thornton and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical cost of an EPC in Thornton is £55

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve actually been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should take a look at our information video clip that explains 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 document which rates the property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will provide suggestions about energy improvements which can be made in the property that could 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 of the above illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, simply give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a certified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to get the required information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain information about the current lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. A normal size property takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then put into approved government software which creates the certificate. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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.

Ways To Enhance Your EPC Rating

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

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These will enhance your EPC score

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The data entered into the software program is based on evidence that the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically the Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

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

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of these types of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main effect 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 properties are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC 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 improvements to the double glazing can make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved if you are improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Thornton Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners 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.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also offer discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties must have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Fines 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be not less than an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently 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 needs 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 past 10 years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. Over time, we expect a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, nevertheless, 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 show that you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations on every aspect 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 Requiring An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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 rates a property from A, the highest 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 fixed penalty charge of £200 can be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they choose to continue. An example would be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, would 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 dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard required by banking institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, however there will probably 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 higher. 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 EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all properties for rental 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.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    The price of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor instead of via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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