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epcHome is an EPC supplier undertaking EPCs throughout Amersham and also the nearby areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our usual cost to undertake an EPC in Amersham is only £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve actually been required 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.

What is An EPC?

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EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document that rates the property from an A the best to G the worst. It will also provide recommendations on energy improvements that could be made in the property that could help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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{There are various reasons that you may be asked to provide an EPC. The most common of these are if you are selling a property or if you are renting a property. It is a legal requirement that an EPC is given to the other party.}.

• 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 of the above illustrations 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 sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just contact us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to get the required information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather information regarding the present lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. A typical size property takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then input approved government software which then generates the certificate. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it quickly, for a small additional charge, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all completedYour EPC is then valid for ten 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 You Can Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some basic tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data entered into the software program is based on proof which the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items which are required where no information is gathered. When the term “as built” has to be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This can have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

If you can provide documentary evidence of these types of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

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

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from installers showing thickness fitted.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:


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

Main Source of Fuel
UK homes are generally heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equals lower scores.

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
Although upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the biggest increase is actually really achieved when upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a modest rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular object, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Amersham Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 may be issued.

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to provide rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties must be a minimum of an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable ways to achieve the standards.

When the landlord has invested up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to offer advice all the way.

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 kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice on every aspect 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.
Which 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?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC needs to be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by going to the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private market 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 property 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 can be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they choose to continue. One example might be a financial institution loaning 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 property can be for you to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline required by banking institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, however there will probably be additional conditions in the agreement.

    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?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming resident must 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant would 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    Since 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor as opposed to via a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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