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epcHome is an EPC service provider undertaking EPCs in Hammersmith and Fulham as well as the nearby areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Hammersmith and Fulham is Only £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video clip below will 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 advice on energy saving measures that can easily make a property more cost-effective to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score found on home appliances, it will give the home a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK residence is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you have to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you may be asked to get 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 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 particular EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. In case you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply give us a call 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 has to visit the property to get the required information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property and also gather information regarding the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the home..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which generates the EPC. 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. In the event you require it urgently, for a small additional cost, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all completedYour EPC is then valid for ten 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.

How You Can Improve Your EPC Rating

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

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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

Your Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary information which is necessary for audit purposes. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In this case the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the main 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 generally heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property or home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC 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 improvements to the double glazing will make a difference, the greatest difference is actually really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is generally sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific object, this comfort gain is 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 lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Hammersmith and Fulham Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 can be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Before that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties may 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. An energy rating of at least an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective methods to reach the standards.

When 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 ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum 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. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. As time passes, we anticipate more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain 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 Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must have a valid EPC registered on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC must 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, 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 best 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 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score before they decide to proceed. An example would be a bank loaning money against a rental property, will 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 for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by financial institutions when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, however there are more likely to be extra conditions in the agreement.

    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 must 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 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 that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident must be provided with 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list is available 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 provided the tenant with an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given 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 commissioned to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all properties for rental must have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home from A-G. For rental, the EPC must 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 is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor as opposed to using a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    {Hammersmith and Fulham sometimes gets bad press.} However, we believe it’s not always justified. It’s a great place to work and live and are very proud to be an EPC company in the area.
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