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Our company is a group of qualified Surveyors, who undertake EPCs throughout Hatfield and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a home sale. Our normal charge to carry out an EPC in Hatfield is only £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check our information video clip that explains more about what an EPC is.

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 3 to 5 page report that rates the property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also give advice on energy improvements which can be made on the property that could help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. These are among the other reasons you could be required to provide 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 requested 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 sort of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, just contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to get the required information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather details about the current lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The details are then input approved government software which then generates the certificate. The 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 will arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

How To Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic tips so your EPC reflects your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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The information put into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor can get most of the information whilst going around the home.

Your Assessor must take photographic or gather documentary information which is required for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this instance the software will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can supply documentary proof of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and will likely increase the rating of your EPC.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

• 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– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from installers showing thickness installed.

These make the biggest difference

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The three 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 example a property or home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached which uses around 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 affects the EPC score. Higher costs 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 may come as a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. However, where it will have a greater impact, is if the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are improving from pre 2002 upvc 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 reduction in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Hatfield Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 could be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We offer reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees may 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 must be not less than 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 where the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective methods to attain the standards.

If the landlord has invested 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 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 past 10 years kept a register of all EPCs. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. This article is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. Over time, we expect a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you 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 Require An EPC?
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • 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 need to 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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?
    Properties rented out in the private market will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the owner 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 You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain score before they choose to proceed. One example might be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, would require 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. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by banks when lending funds against a property.

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

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will 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 over. 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?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has to be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from requiring 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 given the tenant an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and 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 all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    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 property from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Cost Of An EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor rather than using a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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