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epcHome is an EPC provider carrying out EPCs throughout Ashford along with the nearby areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a property sale. The typical price of an EPC in Ashford is £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or you’ve been recently required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check out our information video clip that describes 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a home more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score found on home appliances, it will give the home a score between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK property is rated at a D60.

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 requested by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, simply give us a call for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to get the required information for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

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

The details are then input approved government software which then creates the EPC. The EPC will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, we are able to 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.

Ways To Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some simple guidelines to ensure that your EPC reflects your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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The information put into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get almost all the information whilst going around the property.

The Assessor will take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is necessary for audit purposes. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software program. In cases like this the program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these types of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and will likely help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

• Any wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}.

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main 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 fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a property or home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the same property or home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. 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
This may 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 previously mentioned. However, where it will have a more substantial impact, is if your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is usually experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an inexpensive improvement that contributes to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Ashford Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 may be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties must have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for infringement of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be at least an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for 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. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has got to take steps 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 last 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article is available here. Ensure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, having said that, are not meant 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 show you are taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations 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 Need To Have An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, 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?
    Homes 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 illegal to rent out a property which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific score before they choose to continue. One example would be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, will require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the 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. Also, it is becoming the baseline requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, although there will probably be additional clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need 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 is valid for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound occupant need to be given 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 described 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 commenced or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with 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 needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the EPC the tenant would have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and also 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 documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home from A-G. For rental, the EPC needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Do You Know The Price Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor instead of through a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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