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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in Harpenden is £59.

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 document that rates the property from an A the best to G the worst. It will provide suggestions about energy improvements which might be made in the home which would help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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{There are various reasons that you may be asked to provide an EPC. The most common of these are if you are selling a property or if you are renting a property. It is a legal requirement that an EPC is given to the other party.}.

• 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 requested 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 called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the property to get the necessary information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the property plus gather details about the present lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. A typical size home normally takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which produces the certificate. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it urgently, for a small additional charge, we can 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.

How You Can Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some easy tips to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor should be able to obtain most of the information they need by simply going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

The Assessor must take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is important for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software. In such a case the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of these types of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to help the rating of your EPC.

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main impact 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 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 very same property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £596 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC score. Higher costs 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 bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned above. However, where it can have a larger effect, is if the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because 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 EPC as 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.

Harpenden Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 could be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for infringement of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be at least an E. The policies that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has got to take steps to get the rating up to an E.

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 kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found 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 recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. The article is available here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we anticipate more and more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to reach 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 Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • 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.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must 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). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord 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 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 the property from A, the best to G, the worst. Properties rated F or G, from 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 can be given for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the seller 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. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they decide to continue. An example might be a financial institution loaning funds 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 dwelling can be so as to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard requested by banks when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, although there are more likely to be additional conditions in the contract.

    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 will 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 will be valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be found 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to 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 so that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Just How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor as opposed to through a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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