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epcHome is an EPC supplier doing EPCs throughout Charlton as well as surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. The standard price of an EPC in Charlton is £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Some people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video below will 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 gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can easily make a home less expensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the home a rating 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 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 will be 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 certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, simply give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a certified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the required information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information regarding the present lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. An average size home normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you require it quickly, 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 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.

How To Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some basic guidelines 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 information entered into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases the Assessor can get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

What we need to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items that are required where no evidence is obtained. When the term “as built” must be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC rating.

Whenever you can provide documentary proof 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.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main effect 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 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 you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing can make a difference, the greatest difference is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular object, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Charlton Landlord EPC Services

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

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We provide discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties and fees may 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 a minimum of an E. The regulations that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional info 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 got to do something 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we expect a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you could 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 Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental homes must 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be at the 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 lift the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, 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 scores a property from A, the best to G, the worst. Properties rated F or G, from 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 may be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they decide to continue. One example might be a financial institution lending money 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 your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be so as to rent out. Also, it is becoming the baseline required by banking institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds 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 would simply have to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or above. 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?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming occupant need to be provided with 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be found 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 given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs 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 correct legal advice so that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted 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.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor instead of via a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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