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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 Willesden 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 your property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also give advice on energy improvements which can be made on the property that will 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 If you are selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you must give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. These are some of the other reasons you could be asked 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 asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, simply contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a professional and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to get the necessary information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property plus gather information regarding the current lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. A normal size property takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then put into approved government software which then generates 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 require it urgently, for a small additional cost, we are able to 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.

Ways To Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some simple tips to ensure that your EPC shows your home in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items which are required where no proof is obtained. If the term “as built” must be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC score.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, 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 Internal/Cavity/External– Any guarantees, or receipts from the installer

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things 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 homes 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 you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar home which is 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 home, it would cost you £596 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC score. Higher costs 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 can make a difference, the biggest increase is actually really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a modest rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific object, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Willesden Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 may be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties need to have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines can be issued by the local authority for violation of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating must be at least an E. The policies that govern 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. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has 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 ten years managed a register of all EPCs. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. The article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time passes, we expect more and more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, having said that, 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 you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you may 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 Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • 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 registered 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not be attained, then an exemption can be applied for by going to 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 the property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient improvements will have 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 given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified 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 getting to be the standard required by financial institutions when lending funds against a home.

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

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would 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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming occupant must 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 identified 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 commenced or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has 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 correct legal advice to ensure all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC subject to one having actually been commissioned to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    From 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.
    Just How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor rather than using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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