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Our company is a group of accredited Surveyors, that carry out EPCs in Willesden and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a house sale. Our standard cost to carry out an EPC in Willesden is only £59 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip below could help. Or you can continue to read the quick 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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document which rates your property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will give suggestions about energy improvements which can be made on the home that will 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 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 demonstrate 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 guidance.

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 obtain the necessary information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property plus gather information regarding the current lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

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

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.

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 things will improve 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.

Your Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary information that is required for audit purposes. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software. In this situation the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements to the property then this 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 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.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the main effect 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 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-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £596 to heat by gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences 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
This one will come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it can have a larger effect, is if your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is usually felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this 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 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. If you are a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges of up to £5,000 can be given.

Have a 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. 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 let a property, the energy rating needs to be at least an E. The policies that govern this is called 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 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 available 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 rules. The article can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. 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 should it be below an E, to show you are taking or have taken actions 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 give you 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.
Which 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.
  • 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be at least 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?
    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 The Fine 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score before they choose to proceed. An example would be a financial institution lending 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 property can be in order 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 borrow the money when it is below an E, however there will probably be extra clauses in the agreement.

    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 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 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 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 described 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.

    As well as 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 to ensure that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can 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 can not 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 Is An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor rather than using a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    We’ve been supplying EPCs in Willesden for over 6 years and are delighted to be keeping charges down in the area. This has helped us to become one of the main suppliers in the area.
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