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We are a team of local Assessors, who undertake EPCs in Cheshunt and nearby 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). The typical cost of an EPC in Cheshunt is £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or perhaps you’ve recently been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check out our information video clip that explains 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 provides advice on energy saving actions that can make a property less costly to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on home 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 typical reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, by law, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you could 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 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 produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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

The assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as gather information regarding the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The details are then entered into approved government software which then generates the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you require it quickly, for a small additional cost, 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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple tips so 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 information put into the software is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get almost all of the information whilst going around the property.

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

Whenever you can provide documentary proof of any of these types of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from installers showing thickness installed.

• Loft extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the most significant 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 properties are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property or home heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equals 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 will make a difference, the biggest difference is actually really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a modest increase in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Cheshunt Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties as much as £5,000 can be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to offer rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties have to be not less than an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to reach the minimum.

This is where the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective ways to attain the standards.

If the landlord has put in up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to give assistance all the way.

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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is 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 required E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The information is available here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, however, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to attain 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 advice on every aspect 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 Needing An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC registered 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 average UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to undertake 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.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private market will be required to have 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 set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: 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. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution lending 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 your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be to be able to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by financial institutions when lending funds against a home.

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

    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 will 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 good for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, 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. By law, the incoming resident has to 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 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides 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 records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been commissioned to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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