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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs in Chelmsford along with the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical cost of an EPC in Chelmsford is Only £59

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve been recently required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check our information video clip that describes more about what an EPC is.

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  • 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 advice on energy saving actions that can make a property more cost-effective to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on appliances, it will give the home 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 needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. This is because, legally, you must give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you might be required to obtain 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 of the above illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested 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 type of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by 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 sure, simply give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to get the required information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home and also obtain information about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. A typical size home will take between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which produces the EPC. The EPC will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you need it quickly, 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 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 give you some easy tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data put into the software program is based on proof which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically the Assessor can get most of the information whilst going around the home.

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

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


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

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

• Solar PV or Solar Thermal – 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.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the most significant 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 properties are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a house heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same house 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 home, it would cost £596 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating 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 improvements to the double glazing will make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved when improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As 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 because they are a low cost improvement that leads to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Chelmsford 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 up to £5,000 can be issued.

Check out 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 should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties and fees 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 highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be at the least an E. The regulations that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional 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. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord needs 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 Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate a lot more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, nevertheless, 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 show that you are taking or have taken steps to get to 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 Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • 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.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC recorded 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, 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?
    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 dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty 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 owner 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they decide to proceed. One example might be a bank loaning money against a rental property, would require 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 dwelling can be to be able to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline requested by banks when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra clauses 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 need to 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 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has to be provided with 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available 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 EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs 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 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 documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    From 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor as opposed to using a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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