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We are a group of local Assessors, that carry out EPCs in Hoddesdon and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our usual price to do an EPC in Hoddesdon is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during the last ten years, or perhaps you’ve actually been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should take a look at our information video clip that describes 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: Eastend, Hertford, Ware, Cheshunt, Harlow, West End, Loughton, Bromley, Hatfield, Waltham Forest

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a property less expensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating found on appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK home 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 of the above illustrations 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 known as SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show 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, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to obtain the necessary data for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as obtain specifics of the present lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. An average size home will take around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then input approved government software which produces the certificate. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, we will produce 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 Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some easy guidelines so that your EPC shows your property in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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

Your Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary information which is needed for audit reasons. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In this situation the program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

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


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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – 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 Internal/Cavity/External– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest 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 properties 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 around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar home 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 £556 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects 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
This particular one may come as a bit of a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as previously mentioned. However, where it will have a larger impact, is if the home is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are improving from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

Hoddesdon Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines as high as £5,000 could be issued.

Check out 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 EPC. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for violation 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 has to be not less than an E. The regulations that govern this is called 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 currently is 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 has 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 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 rentals have a valid EPC and determine 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 comply with the new regulations. The information is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we expect a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations 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 EPC?
    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 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 property owner 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?
    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 illegal to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is The Fine 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to proceed. One example would be a financial institution loaning money 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 to be able to rent out. It is also becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, however there will probably be additional conditions in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply 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 EPC 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 occupant must be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties 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 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the EPC 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 proper legal advice to ensure all records is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    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.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    {Hoddesdon sometimes gets bad press.} Nonetheless, we know it’s not really justified. It’s a fantastic area to operate and live and are very pleased to be an EPC provider in the area.
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