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epcHome is an EPC supplier carrying out EPCs throughout Hammersmith and the nearby areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical cost of an EPC in Hammersmith is Only £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Lots of people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call 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 refers to 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 provide recommendations on energy improvements that may be made in the home that would help to reduce your energy bills.

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, by law, you must give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you could be required 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 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 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 certain 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 done by a certified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to obtain the necessary information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information about the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the home..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then produces the EPC. 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 small additional fee, we can provide an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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.

Tips On How To Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some simple tips so your EPC reflects 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 is based on evidence that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary information which is needed for audit reasons. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor has to 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.

If you can supply documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely improve the rating of your EPC.

• Roof extensions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

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

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

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

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness fitted.

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 properties are typically 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 property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi using around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC score. Higher expenses equates to 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
This one will come as a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned above. Where it will have a more substantial effect, is if the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are changing from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is normally experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Hammersmith Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 may be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rental properties must have a valid EPC. Prior 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 homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties have to be a minimum of an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out affordable ways to reach 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 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 past ten years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate an increasing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, however, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is less than an E, to show you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you may 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.
What Properties 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 )
  • 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.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC recorded 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should 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 increase the rating. If an E rating can not be attained, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A 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. 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 owner 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?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain score before they choose to proceed. One example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, might require 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 so as to rent out. Also, it is becoming the baseline required by financial institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, however there are more likely to be additional 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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be good for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident need to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being described 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 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been booked to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From 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 must 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 on size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor as opposed to via a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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