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epcHome is an EPC provider doing EPCs throughout Kidlington as well as the surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a property sale. Our standard price to do an EPC in Kidlington is simply £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video below may help. Or you can carry on and 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: Oxford, Cold Harbour, Forest Hill

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that gives advice on energy saving measures that can make a home more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating found on electrical home appliances, it will give the property a rating 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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{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 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, just phone us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a professional and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to obtain the necessary information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home plus gather specifics of the present lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. A normal size property will take around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then entered into approved government software which produces the EPC. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you need your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, we can produce an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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.

How You Can Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple guidelines so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor should be able to obtain most of the information they require by simply going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

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

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


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

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

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

• Roof 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 installer.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the biggest effect 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 homes 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 property heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equates to lower ratings.

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 one will come as a bit of a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned above. Where it does have a larger effect, is when the home is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are changing from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is usually noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does indeed help the EPC since they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Kidlington Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties up to £5,000 can be issued.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We offer reduced prices 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 Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Fines can 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 home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating need to be at the least an E. The policies that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES visit 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 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 past 10 years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, however, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice 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.
Which Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will have to undertake 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?
    Homes rented out in the private sector 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 Penalty 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 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. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they choose to continue. An example might be a financial institution lending money 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 dwelling can be to be able to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline required by financial institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be additional clauses in the arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would simply need 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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC is good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming occupant need to 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. The list can be located 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as 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 so that all records is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From April 2020, all properties 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.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    There are various interesting locations and things to see in Kidlington and we aim to be the first port of call for an EPC in the area. It’s a terrific area to live and work.
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