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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in Cheshunt is £69.

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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EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document which rates the property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also provide advice on energy improvements which can be made on the property that would help to lower your energy bills.

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 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 type 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 have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus gather information about the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. A normal size property will take between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then entered into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need to have your EPC quickly, for a modest additional fee, we can produce an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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 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 Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some easy tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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The data put into the software is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

The Assessor must take photographic or gather documentary information which is important for audit reasons. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this situation the program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural drawings.

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

• Any type of wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– {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.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the main effect 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 properties 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 you around 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 using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £696 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts 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 can 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 rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of cosiness 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 EPC 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 landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 can be issued.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for infringement 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. An energy rating of no less than an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective ways to achieve 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 offer 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 EPCs. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required 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. The information is available here. Ensure you are not among them. As time goes by, we anticipate 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 show that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you could 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 Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • 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.
  • 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 best) 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 landlord will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating cannot 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 sector will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful 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 circumstances: 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 An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, might 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 to be able to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by banking 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 extra clauses in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need 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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be valid 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 occupant has to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being identified 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 started 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.

    As well as the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been booked to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since 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 needs 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 is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor as opposed to using a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    We’ve been supplying EPCs in Cheshunt in excess of 6 years and are delighted to be keeping charges down in the area. This has helped us to be one of the main suppliers in the area.
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