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epcHome is an EPC supplier undertaking EPCs throughout Great Linford and the nearby areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a property sale. The standard price of an EPC in Great Linford is £59

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below might 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 stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page report that rates your property from an A the best to G the worst. It will also provide advice on energy improvements which can be made in the home that could help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a home. This is because, legally, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you might be required to obtain an EPC 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 examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus obtain information about the present lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. A normal size home normally takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event 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 doneYour 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 offer you some simple guidelines so that your EPC reflects your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The information put into the software program is based on proof which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the property.

The Assessor must take photographic or obtain documentary information that is required for audit reasons. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software program. In cases like this the software will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

Whenever you can provide documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items 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 homes 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 heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £596 to heat by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses 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 increase is only really achieved when upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific object, this kind of comfort gain is just not measured.

 

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

Great Linford Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties as much as £5,000 could be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reductions for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties can 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 supply rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need 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 when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable solutions 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 provide 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 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect a lot more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.
Which Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC registered 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 rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores a property from A, the best to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades will have 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 circumstances: on sale or rent the seller 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 An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they decide to proceed. An example might be a bank lending money against a rental property, will require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be so as to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by banks when lending money against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, however there will probably be additional conditions 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 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 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant need to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be located 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 with 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.

    Along with the EPC 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been requested 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 get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From 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 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 EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor rather than using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    We’ve been providing EPCs in Great Linford for more than 6 years and are delighted to be keeping prices down in the area. This has helped us to become one of the leading service providers in the area.
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