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epcHome is an EPC supplier doing EPCs throughout London as well as surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a house sale. The typical cost of an EPC in London is Only £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video below might help. Or you can always 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 your property from an A the best to G the worst. It will give recommendations on energy improvements which might be made in the home that would help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you have to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you could be required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for any 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 type of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, just give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. An average size home will take around 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then put into approved government software which then generates the EPC. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it urgently, for a small additional cost, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

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
  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 basic tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC score

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The information entered into the software program is based on proof which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

What we need to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items that will be required where no proof is obtained. If the term “as built” needs to 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 score.

If you can supply documentary evidence of any of these types of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably help the rating of your EPC.


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

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

• Loft 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.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest impact 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 house heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC score. Higher expenses 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 will make a difference, the most significant increase is only really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is normally experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

London Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines as much as £5,000 may be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reductions for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties can 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 provide rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least an E much be reached on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is where the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost effective ways to achieve the standards.

In the event the landlord has invested 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 guidance 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. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate more and more Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to show you are taking or have taken steps to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice 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?

  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • 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?

    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 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should 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 increase the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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?

    Homes 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 dwelling 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 instances: on sale or rent the vendor 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?

    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they choose to continue. One example might be a financial institution loaning money 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 your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be in order to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard requested by banks when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be extra clauses 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 need to 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 is 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 properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident has to 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 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 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 to ensure all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?

    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.

    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?

    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 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.

    What Is The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?

    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor rather than via a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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