If you are contemplating selling or renting your property, you will need an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). If you are a landlord you cannot create any new tenancies whether in England or Wales without an EPC rating of E or above.
This new directive has been in place since April 2020, the new rules also apply to existing tenancies. Over one million dwellings in Wales and England would not currently pass the new rules and could face huge fines.
Therefore it is wise to get your property assessed to avoid falling foul of this directive. Not checked your properties as yet? Well, you will need to move quickly because, without an EPC rating of E or above, landlords will be facing civil and criminal penalties if they are found to have signed a new tenancy or renew an existing one from 1st April 2018.
Still thinking of holding off on an EPC, well consider this; fines can be as high as £5,000 per property if a landlord is found to have ignored this regulation. Remember, you cannot plead ignorance as an excuse for the law!
Help is close by, serviceteam has highly qualified home energy inspectors to carry out your EPC. After your property has been thoroughly checked, you will receive your Energy Performance Certificate in both electronic and paper forms.
Just in case you don’t know much about EPC, here is some necessary information to clarify everything before you proceed further:
What's included in this service?
What's not included in this service?
An Energy Performance Certificate is a legal document that every Landlord or property owner in England and Wales is required to provide to any tenant or buyer when they sell, rent, or lease a building. If you are a buyer/tenant it is recommended you request to see this document prior to signing an agreement or before you buy. Also, it's a requirement for any dwelling under construction. A certified home energy inspector should be consulted to conduct the necessary assessment of the property. Once done, your building will be rated from G to A, with G being the least efficient, while A is deemed as highly efficient.
The document will retain its legal status for up to 10 years. You can rely on Serviceteam to manage this for you.
You need an E.P.C to demonstrate to potential buyers and tenants that you are in tune with all energy efficient directives which is important before you advertise your property for rent or for sale. An EPC contains information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs. Without and EPC it may affect your tenancy agreement or property purchase?
Although the document will be valid for 10 years, it might need to be adjusted if or when there are any planned additions to the structure. If you have a high energy rating it helps to make your property more saleable/rentable than ones with a lower rating, as a lower rating is less costly to run. The final report should provide recommendations and advice on how to reduce the running cost of the property. It will also save you from any potential legal battles.
Once your appointment has been confirmed one of our professional assessors will visit your property to examine the buildings essential fabric, including lighting, insulation, boiler rating etc. Also to include any recent changes made to the property will be taken into account. Each zones dimensions will be vigitantly and accurately calculated to cover the total area of the building. In some additional information will be sought from the property owner including:
Since Serviceteam is bound to give the best customer service, it is ensured that you are being provided with a proper draft of the report before finalizing it. After your approval, the record will be uploaded to the database.
As we aim to keep the prices at the lowest, Serviceteam will charge you circa £72 + VAT for a basic EPC assessment. However, it should be noted that the price may vary according to the building size, type, and location.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is responsible for arranging an EPC?
A: Landlords & owners of properties hold responsibility and is required by law to ensure the provision of an up to date certificate. When it comes to newly raised buildings, the person who has commissioned the project is supposed to receive an energy performance certificate from the builder. You cannot list the building for sale or letting without the certificate. In case an agent has been tasked to market the building/property, they must include a copy of the document in all the commercial media (websites, brochures, written materials) they produce.
Q: What happens if I do not get a certificate for my property?
A: The Department of Finance governs the enforcement of energy performance regulations. If you end up on their radar, you can expect a fine. If you are asked to produce the documentation by an inspector and fail to do so, then you will receive a penalty charge notice. The fine for a home is £200. For other properties, the fine is 12,5% of the net annual value if they fail to provide a buyer/tenant with the documents.
Q: How long does the service take?
A: The time varies and it depends mostly on the size of the property. It wouldn't be particularly useful to give you a time estimate without knowing this type of information. However, we can tell you that a service for a 3-bedroom property should take under one hour.
Q: What are the benefits to me?
A: A better energy rating would make your building/property more marketable. Our recommendations from might prove to be quite useful and significant reduce the bills. Of course, don't forget that this way you comply with the regulations and you won't risk being fined.
Q: Do I need to make a new EPC report for every new client or renter?
A: No, once the certificate is issued, it is valid for the next ten years and you can present it to anyone who is interested. After the period, you will have to set up another inspection of the property.
Q: What if the building is extended or modified in any other way?
A: Any kind of change the increases or decreases the energy requirements of the property means that a new survey should take place. The same conditions as when constructing a new building apply here. The person in charge of the construction is responsible for the provision of a new certificate.
Q: Do i need EPC for Commercial Property?
A: Yes, if the commercial property is over 50m2 when built, sold, or rented. A non-domestic EPC is needed when:
If you do not have an EPC In any of the above you will be held accountable if any regulations are contravened.
Q: What is the cost of an EPC?
A: The cost of an EPC depends upon the size and type of the property. As for serviceteam Ltd, we charge a fixed price of £72 + VAT. Call us now for full details or email us with pictures of the floor plan to get a free quote from estimation.
Q: Can you let Property of EPC rating F?
A: No, you can’t rent a property with an EPC rating of ‘F’. The government has pledged to increase the minimum rating to C by 2030 for privately rented homes. Currently, the minimum acceptable EPC score is ‘E’.
Q: What does an EPC involve?
A: Here are some factors involved in EPC:
Why Serviceteam Ltd?
It is important to tell you why you should be choosing us for your projects. So here are some important points that make us stand out in the crowd:
Fixed and Fair Prices
We like to feel our prices are competitive. Price is important but expertise and experience are just as important. If you want all three, then call serviceteam Ltd. You won’t be disappointed, that’s a promise! We work based on a fair and fixed price. If we are unable to identify the fault within the first half-hour, we will, as a goodwill gesture, not charge you for the visit.
This is characterized by serviceteam Ltd responding within a short interval of time to attend to your needs. This comes under our emergency services response when time is of the essence. Call us and we will endeavor to be with you within hours of placing your call, fully prepared to begin work.
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Serviceteam Ltd professionalism is based on our tradespeople and head office teams adhering to a set of standards, a code of conduct which portrays accepted practice within a particular trade area. We acknowledge this important fact and demand our tradespeople and head office team deliver a high-quality service with the utmost dedication that meets your expectations. Our friendly team is available 24/7 to manage your concerns.
No matter how reliable the service is, it all comes down to customer feedback regarding the experience they’ve had with serviceteam Ltd. Feedback is a tool that builds a company’s reputation, we do our best to ensure every customer is satisfied. If you’ve not used us before and want reassurance, then please access the customer reviews on our Checkatrade and Trustpilot platforms. Do we hope this will help you decide?
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When booking online the details of your job, including your preferred time slot/s will be sent to our scheduling department where within one working hour, scheduling will assign the appropriately qualified engineer to your job. You will also receive an alert via email confirming your appointment. You can view details of your job and see a photo of the engineer who will be visiting. If we are unable to accommodate your job at the time requested, due to high demands on our resources, we will be in touch with alternative dates.
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If our tradesperson assesses your job and believes that the scope of the works need adjusting in terms of time/materials and price, they will seek you approval before the work begins.
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At the point of booking your service we will log your preferred payment details card number etc. Payment will not be taken from your credit/debit card until the works have been completed, usually within 24 hours. Please note credit card transactions are limited to £150.00. maximum. A copy of your paid invoice and a job-sheet will be emailed to you when payment has been approved. Our dedicated Operations Team, based in London, are on call to discuss any current or future jobs as well as managing your project through to completion. If you prefer to pay with a different card to the one used when booking your appointment, please ask our trades person whilst on site to call the office and update your details.
How do refunds work?
You are eligible for a refund if you cancel within 14 days of booking or the job has not been started and is not within the cancellation time frame.
What if I want to cancel the appointment?
We understand that priorities and plans change, and you may need to rearrange/cancel your booking. Should this be the case please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary alterations to our work schedules. If we don’t receive enough notice of your cancellation or appointment rescheduling within the terms outlined below, then there is a possibility you will be charged a cancellation fee.
(1.) A charge of £10.00 (ten pounds) will be payable if the service is cancelled within 24 hours. (2.) If the scheduled appointment is cancelled within 12 hours (or less) a 50% charge of the booking fee will be applied (3.) If the appointment is cancelled when engineer arrives at the property (on the doorstep - photos and times will be provided) and within our texted 3-hour time slot the full booking fee will become payable. None of the above charges are profit items and only contribute to the cost of late cancellation/lost business.
Do I need to provide parking?
As you know parking in and around London can be problematic and extremely costly (depending on the area) if a parking space can be reserved for our engineer it would be appreciated and help increase efficiency of the service provided (no feeding meters etc or mobile app updating). The quote we have provided does not include the cost of parking and/or congestion charge which will be added to the final invoice (if applicable). Please inform your personal account manager if any special parking instructions like parking permit/free parking can be provided. For properties on the rim of the congestion zone and it is not possible for our engineer to attend without entering/clipping the charge zone, we may need to add the charge to the final bill ? Please check with your personal account manager in advance of your appointment if you’re not sure?