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

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip below may help. Or you can continue to read the brief 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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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document which rates your property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will give advice on energy improvements that may be made in the home that will help to lower 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 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 kind of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, just contact us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather details about the present lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. A typical size home usually takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then put into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you need it urgently, 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
  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 Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some easy tips to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your home in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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The data entered into the software is based on evidence which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items which are needed where no proof is gathered. When the term “as built” must 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. EPC rating.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably help the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – 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 wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things 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 homes 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 somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very 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 in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences 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 can make a difference, the most significant difference is only really achieved when upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is generally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific object, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Broughton Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties as much as £5,000 can be issued.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Fines can 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating need to be at least an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about 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. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has got to take measures 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 managed a register of all EPCs. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time passes, we expect an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you 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.

Which Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?

  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of 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 have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, 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?

    Properties rented out in the private market will be required to possess 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?

    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can 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 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, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they decide to proceed. One example would be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, would require that the EPC is at least an “E”.

    What Does EPC E Mean?

    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be so as to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline required by banks when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, but there will probably be extra clauses 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 10 years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Indeed, 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 occupant must be given an EPC.

    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?

    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has 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 proper legal advice to ensure all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?

    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.

    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?

    Since April 2020, all properties for rental must have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    Just How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost

    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor as opposed to using a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

    We’ve been supplying EPCs in Broughton for upwards of 6 years and are delighted to be keeping prices down in the area. This has helped us to become one of the leading service providers in the area.

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