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epcHome is an EPC service provider undertaking EPCs throughout Bushey along with the nearby areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our typical charge to do an EPC in Bushey is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video clip below may help. Or you can always 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Watford, Rickmansworth, Abbots Langley

What is An EPC?

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EPC refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates the property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also provide advice on energy improvements that may be made in the property that will help to lower your energy bills.

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. The reason being, legally, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you may be asked to get an EPC 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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed 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 uncertain, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the home to get the necessary data 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 home plus collect details about the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. A typical size property normally takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then input approved government software which then generates the EPC. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you require your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we will produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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 Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some easy tips so your EPC reflects your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor should be able to get almost all of the information they need simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

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

If you can supply documentary proof of any of these sorts of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to help the rating of your EPC.


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

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

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest 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 typically heated by either of these kinds of 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 somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC score. 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 upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the greatest difference is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, it will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically sensed 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 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 inexpensive improvement that leads to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Bushey Landlord EPC Services

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

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We also 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 EPC. Prior to that date an Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties can 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 home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating has to be not less than an E. The regulations that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently 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 will have 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 past 10 years kept a register of all EPCs. The register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals 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 out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The information is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be below an E, to show you are taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you might 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.
Which Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    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 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). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates a property from A, the best 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the seller 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. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific score before they choose to proceed. An example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, might require that 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 so as to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the baseline requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

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

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would simply need 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 is good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming occupant need 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 found 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 provided the tenant with an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with 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 all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be acquired within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost
    The price of an EPC is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor rather than using a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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