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epcHome is an EPC supplier carrying out EPCs throughout Kensington as well as surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard price of an EPC in Kensington is £59

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Lots of people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below could 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.

What is An EPC?

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

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you must give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you may be required to get an EPC for any one 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 the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a certified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to get the necessary information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the property and also obtain details about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the property..

The information is then input 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 2 to 3 days. Should you need it urgently, for a small additional cost, we are able to 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.

Tips On How To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic guidelines so your EPC shows your property in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor can get a lot of the information they require by just going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we should avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items which are required where no information is gathered. When the term “as built” has to 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}

If you can supply documentary evidence of any of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely increase the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest effect 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 properties are typically heated by either of these 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 around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £596 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC score. Higher expenses 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing can make a difference, the greatest difference is only really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are modernising 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 typically experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Kensington Landlord EPC Services

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

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide reduced prices for a number of 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. Prior to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for infringement of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating need to be at least an E. The policies that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord will have to take measures 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 available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is less than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might 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.
Which Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is 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 needs to 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 average UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating can not be reached, 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 scores 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 need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may 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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain score before they choose to proceed. One example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, might 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 property can be so as to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard requested by financial institutions when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, although there are more likely to 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 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?
    Yes, 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 incoming occupant 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list is available 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 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 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been planned to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be acquired within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    From April 2020, all dwellings for rental 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor rather than via a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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