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Get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

If you are selling or letting your house, apartment or bungalow you will need an energy performance certificate, known as an EPC. These have to be prepared by a domestic energy assessor rather than an estate agent.

Many estate & rental agents will be able to arrange an EPC for you but some in Huntingdon now quote well in excess of £100 + VAT.

The certificate has recently changed – to see what one looks like click here.

What does a Domestic Energy Assessor do or need to inspect to create an EPC?

  • They will look at the heating the property has to work out how efficient it is.
  • They measure the overall size of the property.
  • They take into account the original construction method of the property.
  • They will look in any roof space for insulation.
  • They will determine is the property benefits from cavity wall insulation.
  • They will note the type and age of any double glazing or secondary glazing.
  • They look at the type of lightbulbs being used throughout.
  • They will take specific details of any solar panels providing electricity or hot water.

Once they have all of this information the certificate can be produced and usually e-mailed to you the same day.

There is also a national register of EPC’s at www.epcregister.com so you can check to make sure one hasn’t been done before. They do last 10 years so this may save you some money.

What do they cost from Gatehouse Estates?

  • The cost does vary depending on the size of property but they cost between £60 & £84 including VAT.
  • For a specific quote or to book an appointment please call Phillip on 01480 434290.

 

 

 

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)

 

Do you need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a Rental Property or for selling your home in the Huntingdon & Godmanchester areas?

You are required by law to have an EPC if you are letting or selling a residential property in England or Wales.

Gatehouse Estates are working with an independent  local Domestic Energy Assessor who can provide you with the required Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) at very competitive rates starting as low as £50.

Before you are charged a fortune by a local Letting or Estate Agent call us on 01480 434290 for an EPC quote for your property.

 

Energy Performance Certificate for Landlords

From 1st October 2008 all rental properties with a new tenancy agreement in England and
Wales will be required by law to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

If you rent out a property that does not have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) you could receive a £200 fine.

We can arrange for you to have a Energy Performance Certificate on your rented property by a fully accredited Domestic Energy Assessors.

Our EPC for rental properties prices remain the same regardless of location, size of the property or number of bedrooms your rented property has.

Please call (01480) 456520 now to find out our fantastic rates in order to get your Energy Performance certificate (EPC) in place before 1st October 2008.

Tax breaks for UK Landlords

Tax Breaks for UK Landlords.

Landlords could be eligible for a maximum tax break of £1,500 per property against the cost of installing draught proofing, loft insulation, or insulation for hot water systems. The Government are keen to encourage all home owners, including landlords, to improve the energy rating of their properties.

Most landlords are unaware that they can make this tax deductable improvement to their rented property. Furthermore, it will improve the property’s energy rating when they have to conform to the new EPC ( Energy Performance Certificate ) scheme that comes into force in October 2008. By improving the energy performance rating, the landlord is simply improving their chances of letting sooner, and for more rent. Savvy tenants will want to see the energy rating of the property to rent, before they agree to let. With the cost of energy rising seemingly weekly, this will become a major decision maker.

This tax break is called LESA, Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance. Talk to your financial advisor for more information, or if you are local to our offices in Godmanchester, or Bedford, call in. Contact us

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