What is an EPC?
An EPC allows the general public to see how energy efficient your property is. It shows a rating from A to G (A being the highest) and includes recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of your property.
Is an EPC a legal requirement?
Yes, when you sell or rent your property you will need to obtain an EPC.
What is the penalty for not having an EPC?
For residential properties, there is a penalty charge of up to £200.
If you fail to bring your commercial property in line with the new EPC regulations, your local authority can serve a compliance notice on you requesting that you inform them of the steps you are taking to remedy the situation. If the information is not forthcoming, the Local Authority may serve a penalty notice of up to £5,000.
How long does an EPC last?
An EPC is valid for 10 years from the date of the EPC report.
How much does an EPC cost?
For a residential EPC our prices start from £45 and for a commercial EPC they start from as little as £95 for a small ground floor shop. If you receive a lower ‘like for like’ quote from another firm, send it to us and we’ll do our best to match it.
How do I pay for the EPC once it has been completed?
You can pay for the EPC on the day of the assessment, or by bank transfer after we’ve sent the draft EPC to you. We also accept payment by cheque. We do not currently accept card payments but hope to provide this service soon.
How long does the EPC take to complete?
We aim to carry out the property inspection within 24 hours of receiving your instruction, subject to access. The inspection normally takes around 20 minutes to complete and provided payment is made, we can issue the EPC by 9am the following day.
What is checked during an EPC inspection?
The inspection will take approximately 15 minutes, during which the energy assessor will be looking at the following:
– Heat loss perimeter
– Roof insulation
– Double glazing
– Number of open fireplaces
– Make and model of the boiler
– Green devices such as solar panels
– Low energy light bulbs
How will you send the EPC to me?
We will email the EPC to you, or if you’d prefer, we can post you a hard copy. We can also send a copy of the EPC to your conveyancing solicitor, or estate agent, should you wish.
How do I find out if my property already has an EPC?
Email the address of the property to us, including the postcode, and we will check the EPC register to determine whether your property already has an EPC. If is does, we will provide you with a copy. We charge £15 for this service.
What if my property has a low EPC rating?
In most cases, if you are selling your property, your property does not need to obtain a minimum EPC rating. However, if you are renting out your property, your property will need to obtain a minimum EPC rating of E. Most houses have an EPC rating of D or above. If your property obtains an EPC rating of F or G, we will discuss what options are available to you.
How do I know whether your assessors are trained and/or qualified?
We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which means we work in accordance with the Rules of Conduct for RICS Firms. These Rules set out the standards of professional conduct and practice expected of Firms registered for regulation by RICS. Our company is also regulated by Quidos Accreditation, which means our assessors are subject to regular audits and are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure they are fully up to date with current EPC legislation.
Will I need to enter into an EPC contract?
No, we do not ask you to enter into a written EPC contract, we will organise the EPC assessment with you via email or telephone.
Will I be able to speak to someone about my EPC after the energy assessment has taken place?
Yes, our lines are open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm during which times somebody will be happy to assist you.
Why was April 2018 an important date for Commercial EPCs?
From April 2018, landlords wishing to rent out their commercial property or grant a lease, must ensure the building has an EPC rating of ‘E’ or above.
Why is April 2023 an important date for Commercial EPCs?
From April 2023, all properties that are let will require an EPC rating of E or above regardless of whether the Lease is up for renewal.
Why is it important for landlords to commission a Commercial EPC now?
It is recommended that landlords act now because the EPC legislation is likely to become more stringent leading up to April 2023.
How do I improve the energy efficiency of my property?
Beware of bogus energy assessors using ‘EPC Generator’ software to create EPC certificates that do not comply with UK legislation. Some companies offer these types of certificates at much lower prices, but please do not be fooled, they are not worth the paper they are printed on.
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