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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs throughout Hertford as well as the surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a property sale. Our usual price to undertake an EPC in Hertford is simply £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home in the last ten years, or perhaps you’ve actually been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check out 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Ware, Hoddesdon, West End, Eastend, Hatfield, Cheshunt, Harlow, Bromley, Stevenage, Loughton

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can make a property less expensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating seen on electrical 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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The most common reason for needing an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you could be asked to obtain 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 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 known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, just give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the home to obtain the required information for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain information regarding the current lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The information is then entered into approved government software which produces the EPC. The EPC will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you require your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, 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 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 Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some basic tips so that your EPC reflects your home in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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The information entered into the software is based on evidence which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

The Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is needed 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 program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely help the rating of your EPC.


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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness fitted.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural drawings.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the main effect 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 typically 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 somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar home 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 property, it would cost £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equates to 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 upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the greatest increase is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular object, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Hertford Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties up to £5,000 could be given.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Fines may 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating needs to be a minimum of an E. The regulations that regulate this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in 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. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord needs 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. This 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.

The rules, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance 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 Needing An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not 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?
    Properties rented out in the private sector 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 dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may 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?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they choose to proceed. An example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, might 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 financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra clauses in the arrangement.

    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 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 is 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 which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident has to be given 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This 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 using 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 period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the EPC the tenant would 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 so that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having been commissioned to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental must 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An EPC?
    The price of an EPC is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor rather than using a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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