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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs in Hoddesdon as well as the surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a home sale. Our normal charge to do an EPC in Hoddesdon is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are not clear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video clip below will help. Or you can continue to read the brief explanation.

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, Harlow

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that provides advice on energy saving measures that can easily make a home inexpensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK residence is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. The reason being, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you might 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 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 along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

The Assessor will take dimensions of the property plus obtain information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the property..

The details are then input approved government software which produces the certificate. The EPC will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you need it urgently, for a small additional charge, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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
  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 simple tips so that your EPC shows your property in the best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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The data put into the software is based on proof which the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases the Assessor can get most of the information whilst going around the property.

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

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


• 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 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.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main impact 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 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 around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with 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 influences 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 improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the greatest increase is only really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific object, this comfort gain is just not measured.

 

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

Hoddesdon Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines as high as £5,000 may be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide discounts 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. Prior 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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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to provide rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be at least an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to get to the minimum.

This is where the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost effective solutions to reach the standards.

If the landlord has put in 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 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 last 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out 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 passes, we expect a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less 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 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 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.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An EPC?

    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 property owner would need 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 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 given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: 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 certain rating before they decide to continue. One example would be a financial institution lending money against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.

    What Does EPC E Mean?

    The EPC will rate your 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. Also, it is getting to be the standard required by financial institutions when lending 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 agreement.

    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 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 is valid for a further 10 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 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be found at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 provided the tenant with 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 documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?

    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been booked to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be obtained 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 property 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 EPC?

    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

    With over 12,000 EPCs completed during the last 6 years in Hoddesdon, we are pleased to a part of this lively community.

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