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epcHome is an EPC supplier undertaking EPCs throughout Cold Harbour and the nearby areas. If you’re renting or marketing a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our standard cost to carry out an EPC in Cold Harbour is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video below could help. Or you can continue to 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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EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates the property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will provide recommendations on energy improvements that could be made in 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 the above examples 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 particular EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

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

The information is then input approved government software which then produces the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you require your EPC urgently, for a modest additional fee, we can produce an EPC for you on the same 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 Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some simple tips so your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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The data entered into the software is based on evidence which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get almost all the information whilst going around the property.

The Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is required for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software. In such a case the program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely increase the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Roof conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main 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 generally heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the same house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. 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 upgrades to the double glazing does make a difference, the most significant increase is actually really achieved when improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a modest rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is typically felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Cold Harbour Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 could be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Fines may be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be not less than an E. The policies that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about MEES go to 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 has 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 ten years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties 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 that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. The information is available here. Make sure you are not among them. As time passes, we expect more and more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, however, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is less than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to reach 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 provide 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The answer is 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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 rates the property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements 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 given 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 would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they decide to proceed. One example would be a bank loaning money against a rental property, would require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC 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. It is also getting to be the standard requested by banks when loaning 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 will probably be extra conditions in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will 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 ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident must 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be located 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 with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the EPC 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 so that all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental will 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Price Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor instead of using a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs carried out within the last 6 years in Cold Harbour, we are pleased to an element of this lively community.
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