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Energy Performance Certificates: The Basics Inside Housing Solutions Ltd South Barn, Cowix Farm, Capel Road, Rusper, West Sussex RH12 4PY Tel: 01293 871107 info@insidehousingsolutions.com What is an EPC?

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energy performance certificates the basics
Energy Performance Certificates: The Basics

Inside Housing Solutions Ltd

South Barn, Cowix Farm, Capel Road, Rusper, West Sussex RH12 4PY

Tel: 01293 871107

info@insidehousingsolutions.com

what is an epc
What is an EPC?
  • Shows Energy Efficiency & Environmental Impact Ratings on a scale of A – G (like domestic white goods)
  • A = most energy efficient with lowest CO2 emissions, G = least
  • Includes recommendations which lists cost effective measures to improve energy ratings (no obligation for the Landlord to carry out any measures)
  • Theory = Potential Tenant can see just how much it is likely to cost to heat and run a house for a year
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What is an EPC?
  • By 1st October, residential property MUST have a valid EPC when it is let
  • Must be carried out by an Accredited Domestic Energy Assessor – list of accredited assessors at http://www.hcrregister.com
  • Registered EPCs are held on a central register – access to register via the above site so long as you have the registration number of the EPC
  • Access to register also available to the accreditation scheme responsible for the particular EPC, the enforcement authorities and, on an anonymised basis, the DCLG
  • Valid for 10 years
  • Subsequent changes to property that affect energy efficiency, new EPC required prior to a new letting
domestic energy assessors
Domestic Energy Assessors
  • Qualified
  • Accredited
  • Required to have Criminal Record Bureau checks
  • Work continually monitored
  • Independent
how is the epc calculated
How is the EPC calculated?
  • Inspect all rooms
  • Take notes, photographs & measurements
  • Government approved procedure = Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP)
  • Based on the building itself
    • Age, size, type of construction, renovation or extension works carried out, services such as heating & lighting (makes assumptions on standard heating)
understanding running costs
Understanding Running Costs
  • The estimated running costs on the EPC:
    • Are based on standard consumption (number of occupants and hours of heating per day)
    • Take into account costs for heating, hot water & lighting only & do not include the cost of appliances
    • Are based on average fuel prices current when the EPC was produced
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How is the EPC Calculated?
  • Does not include use of domestic appliances and personal circumstances/occupation by an individual property occupier so that direct comparisons can be made between properties
  • Enter information into computer
  • Review result and produce certificate
how much does an epc cost
How much does an EPC cost?
  • Depends on who is carrying it out
  • Depends on the type of property
  • Depends on quantity
  • Prices can vary considerably
  • Average costs = £40 - £120 per unit so its worth shopping around
legal requirement
Legal Requirement
  • If you have a Tenant in place, you do NOT require an EPC
  • If you put in a new Tenant, you must have an EPC at the time you market the property to potential Tenants
  • When any Tenant moves in they must be given a copy (photocopy is ok). In an HMO, each Tenant will need a copy
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Legal Requirement
  • An EPC must be provided (free of charge) to a potential Tenant or Buyer no later than:
      • When any written information about the building is provided in response to a request for information, or
      • When a viewing is conducted
      • If neither of these occur, before entering into a contract to let
  • If a property contains “self-contained units”, then each unit requires a separate EPC + one for the property overall
self contained unit
‘Self Contained Unit’
  • Self Contained Unit = does not share essential facilities such as a bathroom/shower room, wc or kitchen with any other unit, and that it has its own entrance, either from outside or through common parts, that is not through another dwelling
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Legal Requirement
  • An EPC does not have to be made available if:
      • The Landlord believes that the prospective Tenant is unlikely to have sufficient funds to rent the property, or
      • Is not genuinely interested in the renting that type of property, or
      • The Landlord is unlikely to be prepared to rent out the property to the prospective Tenant although this does not authorise unlawful discrimination
existing epcs
Existing EPCs
  • If a Landlord already has an EPC for a property, for example because it was recently purchased and part of the Home Information Pack, this EPC can be used for the subsequent rental
  • EPCs are valid for 10 years & can be reused for new Tenants as many times as required within that period
enforcement
Enforcement
  • Action by Trading Standards & the Office of Fair Trading
  • Penalty for not having an EPC when selling or letting a home = £200 (+ cost of getting an EPC)
  • Repeat offenders may be charged more than once
improving the energy efficiency of your rental property
Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Rental Property
  • Quick Fixes
    • Replace light-bulbs with energy efficient ones (the bulbs in place on the day of the assessment are the ones that count)
    • If the hot water cylinder doesn’t have a jacket, add one
improving the energy efficiency of your rental property18
Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Rental Property
  • Landlords’ Energy Savings Allowance scheme (LESA)
    • £1500 per property
    • Allowance available to 2015
    • In addition to the 10% allowance for wear & tear
    • Energy savings items included are:
      • Loft insulation
      • Cavity Wall insulation
      • Solid Wall insulation
      • Hot water system insulation
      • Draught proofing
      • Floor insulation
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Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Rental Property
  • Enhanced Capital Allowance
    • For Landlords that pay Corporation Tax, larger Landlords and businesses
    • Can claim 100% of the tax back on any energy saving technology
  • Your Tax Office or Accountant will be able to provide more information

http://search2.hmrc.gov.uk/kbroker/hmrc/locator/locator.jsp

further information
Further Information
  • http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/epclandlordguide
  • http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/theenvironment/energyperformance/
  • Your local Landlords’ Association
  • http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/BuyingAndSellingYourHome/SellingYourHome/DG_076370
contact details
Contact Details

IHS

South Barn, Cowix Farm

Capel Road

Rusper

Horsham

West Sussex RH12 4PY

(01293) 871107

info@insidehousingsolutions.com