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epcHome is an EPC company carrying out EPCs in Hemel Hempstead along with the surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a property sale. The standard price of an EPC in Hemel Hempstead is £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can take a look at our information video 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides advice on energy saving actions that can easily make a home less costly to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the property a rating 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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{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 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 sort of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, simply give us a call 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 has to visit the property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property and also gather information about the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. A normal size property will take around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of 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 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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some easy guidelines to ensure that your EPC reflects your home in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor can get the majority of the information they require by just going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

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

Whenever you can provide documentary proof of any of these types of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.

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

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

• Any type of wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– {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.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:


• The heating system.
• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.

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 home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC rating. 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
Although improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest increase is actually really achieved if you are improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a modest rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific object, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the EPC because they are an inexpensive improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Hemel Hempstead Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties up to £5,000 may be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We provide reduced prices for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC 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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An EPC rates the property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating must be not less than an E. The regulations that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. To learn more about MEES go to 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 needs to do something 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 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. As time passes, we expect a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st 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 currently taking or have taken actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you 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.
What Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must 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). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, 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?
    Dwellings rented out in the private market will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful to rent out a property 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 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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to continue. One example would be a bank lending money against a rental property, will 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 property can be to be able to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard required by banking institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, although there will probably be extra 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 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 is good for a further 10 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. By law, the incoming resident must be given 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 defined 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 with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need 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 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 documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC subject to one having been booked to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained 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 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.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor instead of using a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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