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epcHome is an EPC supplier doing EPCs in Campbell Park and the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our typical cost to undertake an EPC in Campbell Park is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or perhaps you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can look at our information video 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 gives advice on energy saving actions that can easily make a property less expensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating seen on appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK property is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. However you could be required to get an Energy Performance Certificate for some 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 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 produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the home..

The details are then input approved government software which creates the EPC. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you require your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we will provide an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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
  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 offer you some easy guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data put into the software is based on proof that the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

What we want to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items which are required where no evidence is obtained. 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 constructed. EPC rating.

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

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

• Any wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or receipts from the installer

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

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from contractors showing thickness fitted.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest effect 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 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 property heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property 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 £556 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC rating. Higher expenses equates to 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 can make a difference, the most significant difference is actually really achieved if you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular object, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the EPC as they are a low cost improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Campbell Park Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines up to £5,000 can be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We provide reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an EPC was only needed 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 rent a property, the energy rating need to be at the least an E. The policies that regulate this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for 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 will have 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 ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate a lot more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to get to 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 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.
What Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC registered on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC has 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 must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to carry out 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 visiting 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 scores the property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades 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 can be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the vendor 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?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they choose to proceed. One example might 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 for you to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, however there are more likely to be added conditions in the arrangement.

    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 must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be good 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 homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has 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. The 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 given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and 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 presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From April 2020, all dwellings 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally 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 through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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