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We are a team of accredited Surveyors, who undertake EPCs in Tower Hamlets and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a house sale. Our standard cost to do an EPC in Tower Hamlets is simply £59 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve recently been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can take a look at 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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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can easily make a property cheaper to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score found on electrical home appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK property is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, by law, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. However you may be asked to get an Energy Performance Certificate for any one 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 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of 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 not certain, 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 approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to obtain the necessary information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather information about the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then produces the certificate. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need your EPC urgently, for a small additional fee, we can provide an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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.

How You Can Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some basic tips so your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor will be able to obtain most of the information they need by just going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we want to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items that will be required where no evidence is obtained. When the term “as built” needs to be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This could have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can provide documentary proof of any of these sorts of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

• Roof conversions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

These make the biggest difference

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The three 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 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 around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £596 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher costs 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the most significant increase is only really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are a low cost improvement that makes a contribution to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Tower Hamlets Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 can be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We offer reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Fines can 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 very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating needs to be at the least an E. The policies that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES visit 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 has got to do something 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 managed a register of all EPCs. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. The article is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. Over time, we expect a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These 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 lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to get to 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 provide expect advice 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.
What Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 must 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 rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need 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 visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private sector will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful 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 instances: 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, would require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by banking institutions when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, but there will probably be added clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply 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?
    Yes, 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. By law, the inbound occupant need to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be located on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began 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 period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant would 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of through a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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