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epcHome is an EPC supplier doing EPCs throughout Borehamwood as well as the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard cost of an EPC in Borehamwood is £59

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Some people are not clear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video clip below could help. Or you can carry on and read the quick explanation.

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 make a property more affordable to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating found on appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK residence is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. This is because, by law, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you may be asked to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for any one 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 requested by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just contact us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the property to obtain the required data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as collect information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The details are then put into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you need it urgently, for a small additional charge, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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.

Tips On How To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some simple tips so 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 information entered into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get almost all the information whilst going around the property.

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

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of these types of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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


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

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 heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £596 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs 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
Although improvements to the double glazing will make a difference, the greatest difference is actually really achieved when you are improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Borehamwood Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 may be issued.

Look at 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 current rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary 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 has to be not less than an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES check out 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 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 ten years managed a register of all EPCs. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The article is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we expect a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, however, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to reach 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 provide expect recommendations 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must have a valid EPC registered on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC must 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). An 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 improve the rating. If an E rating can not be attained, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores a property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient improvements will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be issued 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?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they decide to proceed. An example would be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, might 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 to be able to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra 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 need to 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 ten 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 has to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be located 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 using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with 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.

    Aside from the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC subject to one having been commissioned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From April 2020, all dwellings for rental will 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor instead of through a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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