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Our company is a group of local Assessors, that carry out EPCs throughout Abbots Langley and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard cost of an EPC in Abbots Langley is £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check our information video that explains more about what an EPC is.

WHY USE US AS YOUR EPC PROVIDER?

  • No complicated price variations of property types and rooms.
  • No misleading “from” prices.
  • No waiting for an Assessor to call you back.
  • No filling in long complicated forms before you get a quote.
We also cover these nearby areas: Watford, Bushey, Rickmansworth

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that provides advice on energy saving actions that can make a home more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score found on electrical home appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK residence is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. This is because, legally, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. However you might be asked to get an Energy Performance Certificate for any of these reasons..

• For a remortgage
• Making a claim for funding under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)
• Getting grant funding through the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO)

All the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is called a SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, simply give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to obtain the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus collect details about the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The obtained information then put into approved government software which produces the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional charge, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all completedYour EPC is then valid for 10 years.

Booking your EPC is easy:

  1. Click the BOOK ONLINE button below
  2. Select an available date and time slot
  3. Give us your name and the address requiring the EPC
  4. Pay securely online or pay on the day
  5. If you prefer you can always call us to book. Call free on 0800 046 7345

That’s it, your EPC is booked. You will receive an email confirmation and a text reminder a day before the visit. Your EPC will be emailed to you in 2 or 3 days. If you order an Express EPC, you will receive it the same day of the visit.

You can cancel with a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours of the visit.

How To Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some simple guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor is able to obtain most of the information they require simply by going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we should avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items that will be required where no information is obtained. If the term “as built” must be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. EPC score.

If you can supply documentary proof of any of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and will probably increase the rating of your EPC.


• Any type of wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– Any guarantees, or receipts from the contractor

• Solar PV or Solar Thermal – MCS certificate from installer.

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from contractors showing thickness installed.

• Loft conversions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

• Double glazing improvements made to the majority of the property – Certificate from Fensa, or dated receipt from the installer.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest impact on the energy rating are:

• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.
• The heating system.

Main Source of Fuel
UK properties are generally heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC score. Higher expenses equates to lower ratings.

Levels Of Insulation
Good levels of insulation ensures that the demand on the heating system is kept down, and it also results in a more comfortable home with lower running costs.

The Heating System
An efficient heating system with good controls such as room thermostat, thermostatic valves and programmer helps to keep energy bills down. This all contributes to a better rating on the EPC.

These make less difference

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Double glazing
This particular one will come as a bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned before. However, where it does have a more substantial impact, is when the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are updating from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the EPC as they are a low cost improvement that contributes to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Abbots Langley Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 can be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reduced prices for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Fines may be issued by the local authority for violation of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be a minimum of an E. The regulations that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional info on MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord needs to do something to get the rating up to an E.

How To Find If You Have A Valid EPC

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The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have for the past 10 years managed a register of all EPCs. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate an increasing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, however, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance on all aspects of MEES.

SAP Calculations

If you require a SAP EPC for building control please CLICK HERE.

Here we will answer your most common questions asked about the EPC.
What Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC registered on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC has to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
    Properties rented out in the private sector will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they choose to proceed. An example might be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the baseline requested by banking institutions when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, however there are more likely to be additional conditions in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will have to be renewed Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy started or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate in addition to a copy of the government guide “How to rent”. The “How to Rent” guide can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent

    Landlords are always advised to get proper legal advice to ensure all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor as opposed to through a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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