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epcHome is an EPC provider doing EPCs in Tower Hamlets as well as surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our standard charge to do an EPC in Tower Hamlets is simply £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Lots of people are not clear of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video below might help. Or you can always read the brief 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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EPC refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates the property from an A the best to G the worst. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements that could be made in the property that might help to reduce your energy bills.

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. The reason being, by law, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. However you could be asked to obtain an EPC 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 asked by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, just give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a certified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the necessary information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather details 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 will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it urgently, for a small additional charge, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

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 EPC reflects your home in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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

Your Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary information which is important for audit purposes. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In this case the software will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

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

• Loft extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

• 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– Any guarantees, or invoice from the contractor

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the most significant 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 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 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 with a typically semi-detached which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher costs 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
This may come as a surprise, but double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned before. However, where it can have a greater effect, is when your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are updating from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is typically felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this 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 landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties as high as £5,000 could be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. 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 EPC. 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 rent a property, the energy rating needs to be not less than 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 currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. If there is 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. This register can be found 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 discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. This article is available here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate 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 EPC?
    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 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 must be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would 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, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, would require that 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 for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by banking institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, although 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 will need to 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 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 occupant need to be provided with 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list is available 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 EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC 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 dwellings 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With over 12,000 EPCs completed in the last 6 years in Tower Hamlets, we’re thrilled to a part of this vibrant community.
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