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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 Hoddesdon is £69.

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: Eastend, Hertford, Ware, Cheshunt, Harlow, West End, Loughton, Bromley, Hatfield, Waltham Forest

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will give recommendations on energy improvements that could be made in the home that might 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 asked by building control to produce 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 specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, simply phone us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the home to get the required data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus collect information regarding the present lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. A normal size home will take around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then entered into approved government software which produces 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. However, should you need your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, we will provide an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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.

How You Can Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some easy tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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The information put into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get most of the information whilst going around the home.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that will be required where no information is obtained. When the term “as built” must be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. This could have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

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


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest effect on the energy rating are:

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

Main Source of Fuel
UK properties are generally 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 house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical house which is 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 £696 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC rating. Higher expenses 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 can make a difference, the greatest difference is actually really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is typically felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular object, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Hoddesdon Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords 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 as high as £5,000 could be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide reductions for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for violation 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 offer rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties have to be at least an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is where the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective methods to achieve the standards.

In the event 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 provide 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 is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The 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 rules, however, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be below an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken steps to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can provide 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 Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve 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 rates a property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the vendor 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to proceed. One example would be a bank 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 property can be to be able to rent out. It is also becoming the standard requested by banks when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, however there are more likely to be added 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 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 valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident must be given 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 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 began 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the Energy Performance Certificate 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 all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been commissioned to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    From April 2020, all properties 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor instead of through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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