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Our company is a group of accredited Surveyors, that carry out EPCs in Willesden and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard price of an EPC in Willesden is Only £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can 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 3 to 5 page report that rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will provide suggestions about energy improvements that may be made on the home 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 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 sort of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you need 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 Assessor must carry out a visit to the home to obtain the required information for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the home..

The information is then input approved government software which generates the EPC. The Certificate will then be 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 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.

How You Can Enhance Your EPC Rating

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

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These will improve your EPC score

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The information put into the software is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get most of the information whilst going around the home.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items which are needed where no proof is gathered. When 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 these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the main impact on the energy rating are:


• The heating system.
• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.

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 instance a home heated by gas would cost 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-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing can make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved when you are upgrading 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 home. With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Willesden Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges up to £5,000 can be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reductions for a number of 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. Before that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees 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 highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating needs to be at least an E. The policies that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional info on MEES check out 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 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 past 10 years managed a register of all EPCs. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate an increasing number of Local Authorities 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 lower than an E, to show you are taking or have taken steps to get to 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 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 Require An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot 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?
    Homes rented out in the private market 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 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 bank lending 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 getting to be the standard requested by financial 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, however there will probably be added clauses in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties 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 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 that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming occupant has 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. 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need 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 proper legal advice so that all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been booked to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed 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 home 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 Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor rather than via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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