Key facts you should know before booking
The domestic Energy Performance Certificate, introduced throughout England and Wales back in August 2007, has been designed to display the energy efficiency of both residential and commercial properties within the European Union. In October 2008, the scheme was extended to also cover privately rented properties. Given the population of the capital and the number of properties being sold or let, this means that huge numbers of certificates are undertaken on a daily basis. If you need an EPC London then take a look at our brief guide!
Is it a legal requirement?
This depends on what you are planning to do with your property. Private homeowners are currently not required to have an EPC. However, if you are looking to market your property for rent or sale, or if you are building a new property, then the law states that you require a valid energy certificate. This covers both residential and commercial property.
My property is already let, do I need one?
Yes. Recent changes in regulations mean that if you already have tenants in place you now need a valid certificate.
What are the minimum requirements?
For owners who want to sell their property then you do not have any minimum rating requirements. However, if you are a landlord, or are thinking of renting your property out, then you are required to have a minimum rating of at least an ‘E’. The current average rating for EPC London is D-E.
How long is the certificate valid for?
The certificate is valid for a ten year period. However, you may require a new certificate if you make any significant alterations or improvements to the property within that time frame.
What happens during the assessment?
All inspections need to be carried out by qualified and accredited Energy Assessors who will need to carry out an onsite inspection of the property. Firstly, they will need to measure the property so remember to make sure that they have access to all rooms on the property.
The second stage involves an inspection of the following items;
- The heating/cooling systems
- Presence and levels of insulation
- The material of window frames
- Type of glazing in windows
- Lighting system
- Hot water system
When the survey is complete, your assessor will upload the data into a program that will generate both the current level of energy efficiency, as well as the potential efficiency rating.
How long does it take?
The length of the actual EPC inspection varies depending on the size of the property. An EPC London typically takes less time given the number of apartments vs houses. A studio apartment will typically take 20-30 minutes and around an hour for larger family homes.
How much does it cost?
As we know, the majority of things in London seem to cost a lot more than outside of the city! However, you might be surprised to know that this is not the case when it comes to booking an EPC London. This is largely down to the number of energy assessors working in the area.
Those living outside of larger cities often end up paying higher rates as there are fewer assessors and they generally have further to travel. The rate for studio apartments starts at just £39 with 3 bedroom properties available from as little as £45!
I’ve got multiple properties, can I get a discount?
Absolutely! MyConstructor actively deals with numerous multi-property landlords, managing agents, and estate agents. We recognize that your time is precious and know the appeal of keeping all of your landlord needs under one roof.
Simply let us know the number of properties you have and the number of bedrooms in each one – we will then create a customized quote for you and even lower rates! If needed, we can even liaise with your managing agents or tenants in order to arrange access for the inspection.
What happens if I don’t have one?
If your Energy Certificate has already expired, or if you fail to get one, you can be faced with a large fine. If you fail to produce a valid Energy Certificate when requested, you will receive a penalty charge notice. The fine for residential homes is approximately £500, whilst for commercial properties, it could be as much as £5000.
How can I book an EPC London?
Now that you know the key facts on EPCs, the next step is to know how to find the best prices! If you need to book your EPC London then look no further than MyConstructor! Their price comparison platform provides you with access to a comprehensive network of fully qualified assessors throughout central and Greater London. Simply click here, let us know the postcode, number of bedrooms, and then book online, 24/7 at fixed prices!