EPC What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) are the Government's chosen way of complying with the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD).
Its purpose is to record how energy efficient a property is. The certificate will provide a rating of the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions of a building from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.
EPCs are produced using standard methods with standard assumptions about energy usage so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type. This allows prospective buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment.
An EPC is always accompanied by a recommendation report that lists cost effective and other measures (such as low and zero carbon generating systems) to improve the energy rating of the building. The certificate is also accompanied by information about the rating that could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.
How long is an EPC valid for?
An EPC is valid for upto10 years. A property can be marketed immediately once you have commissioned an Energy Performance Certificate. If an existing EPC is used nearing the end of its legal life (for example, 9 years and 11 months old), it will remain valid for as long as the building is continuously marketed. But if the property is temporarily taken off the market for more than 28 days, a new EPC will be required to replace it if it's more than 10 years old when you resume marketing. A new EPC supersedes an older one.
We realise that in this current economic climate your mortgage is one of the most important aspects of the property transaction. You need a mortgage that is tailored to your lifestyle and income, so that you are not burdened with excessive financial pressure.
The service we provide enables you to compare a wide range of independent mortgage providers to find the package that suits your individual situation.
The importance of a well-structured mortgage plan cannot be underestimated; if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage then legal action is swiftly carried out.
We are not a bank or advisor so the information we collect is not your application for credit or mortgage loan. However, our preferred partners are keen to receive your information and provide the best mortgage plan suited to you.
Getting the right type of mortgage is a vital aspect when buying your new property. There are many different types of mortgages available on the market for you to get your head round. Some of the main types available are:
Each lender sets their own SVR so they can vary considerably. Generally this means that if the Bank of England puts the interest rate up or down, your Standard Variable Rate (SVR) will almost certainly follow, though not necessarily simultaneously. If rates go down, you'll save. If rates go up, so will your repayments - so you need to build some flexibility into your budget if you decide to go for this type of mortgage. The main reason someone may consider this type of scheme is to avoid any early repayment charges if they do not anticipate having the mortgage for long.
This type of mortgage sets the rate you pay below the lender's SVR for a set period, for example two years or three years. If your discount is two per cent, when the SVR is seven per cent then your mortgage rate will be five per cent. If the SVR rises by one per cent, your rate also rises by one per cent. At the end of the discounted term, repayments go back to the SVR.
This mortgage follows the interest base rate as set by the Bank of England. It usually stays a set amount above or below this rate for the period of the loan. Some longer-term trackers also offer an initial discount. The benefit of a tracker, as opposed to a discount from the lender's SVR, is that if the Bank of England reduce the base rate then your rate will reduce simultaneously, whereas if you are discounted from the lender's SVR, there is no guarantee if, when and by how much the lender will follow suit, as they are not obliged to do anything. Tracker mortgages remove this conflict between you and the lender.
A fixed rate mortgage is a way of guaranteeing your payments for a set number of years. This means that whatever happens to the Bank of England base rate or the lender's SVR, your payments remain the same. If rates go up you will be better off and if rates go down you could be worse off, but the main benefit is you know what you need to pay each month and can more easily budget for it. Fixed rates can be from one year to the whole mortgage term. Generally, shorter term fixed rates are lower and more attractive, so shorter term rates of two to five years are the most popular.
We understand the importance involved when choosing the right solicitor to oversee you home move. The legalities of the move is one of the most stressful and time consuming part of any property transaction, and that is why we work with a local panel of solicitors to provide you with the best conveyancing service available. We will help you chose the most appropriate solicitor dependent upon your own requirements. These may be cost based, you may find parking facilities very important or it could be that online access is essential to you. We know and work closely with many practices and can therefore help you make the most suitable choice of solicitor.