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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs throughout Greenwich as well as the nearby areas. If you’re renting or marketing your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard cost of an EPC in Greenwich is Only £55

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip below might help. Or you can carry on and 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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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can easily make a property cheaper to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score found on appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. It is because, by law, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. These are among the other reasons you could be asked to produce an EPC.

• 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 provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just contact us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to 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 and also obtain information about the present lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. A normal size property will take around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then entered into approved government software which produces the certificate. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need your EPC quickly, for a small additional fee, we will 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.

Tips On How To Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor can get the vast majority of information they need simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

The Assessor must take photographic or obtain documentary evidence which is important for audit purposes. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software. In this situation the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on 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 help the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest 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 properties 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 instance a home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat by gas in comparison 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
This will come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as previously mentioned. However, where it does have a more substantial impact, is if the home is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are improving from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

Greenwich Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 can be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines can be issued by the local authority for violation 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. All rented properties must 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 get to the minimum.

This is when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out affordable solutions to attain the standards.

If the landlord has expended 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties 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 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. As time passes, we anticipate more and more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to show you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide expect guidance 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 Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • 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.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 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 carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise 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.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: 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 An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they decide to proceed. One example might be a financial institution lending money 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 the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be for you to rent out. It is also becoming the standard required by financial institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, but there will probably be additional clauses in the agreement.

    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 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 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 being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming 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 identified 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 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 EPC. If the 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 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 paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC subject to one having been booked to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings 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.
    Just How Much Will An EPC Cost
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor instead of via a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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