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epcHome is an EPC provider carrying out EPCs throughout Kensington and Chelsea and the nearby areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a home sale. Our typical cost to carry out an EPC in Kensington and Chelsea is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Some people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video clip below might help. Or you can continue to read the quick 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.

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving measures that can easily make a property less expensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating seen on appliances, it will give the home 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 If you are selling or renting a property. The reason being, by law, you must give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. These are among the other reasons you could be required to produce 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 the above examples 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 type of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, just phone us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to obtain the required information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as gather information about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the home..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then creates the EPC. The EPC is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you require it quickly, for a small additional charge, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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.

Ways To Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple guidelines to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data entered into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the property.

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

If you can provide documentary proof of any of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


• Any type of wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– Any guarantees, or invoice from the installer

• Solar PV or Solar Thermal – An MCS certificate from installer.

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items 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 typically heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for instance a house heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating 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
This particular one may come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as previously mentioned. Where it will have a larger effect, is when the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is normally experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

Kensington and Chelsea Landlord EPC Services

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

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for breach 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 supply rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be reached on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to attain the minimum.

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

In the event 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 give 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 maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article is available here. Ensure you are not among them. As time passes, we expect a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, nevertheless, are not intended 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 actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice 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.
Which Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC registered 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by going to the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
    Homes 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 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 may be issued 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 prospective 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 have a specific rating before they decide to proceed. An example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, will require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your 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 getting to be the baseline required by banks when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, although there will probably be additional clauses in the agreement.

    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 will 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 will be good 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 homes that 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 requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available 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 with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the Energy Performance Certificate 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 records is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC subject to one having actually been planned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings 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 Will An EPC Cost
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor rather than via a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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