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epcHome is an EPC supplier carrying out EPCs in Kingston upon Thames and the nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a house sale. The typical price of an EPC in Kingston upon Thames is Only £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home within the last 10 years, or you’ve recently been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check 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.

What is An EPC?

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EPC refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates your property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also give suggestions about energy improvements which might be made on the home that would help to reduce your energy bills.

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 provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, simply give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a certified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain specifics of the present lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The obtained information then input approved government software which produces the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you need it quickly, 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 10 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 give you some easy guidelines so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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The data put into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically the Assessor can get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

What we need to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items which are needed where no proof is obtained. When the term “as built” needs to be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. This can have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can provide documentary proof of any of these types of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC.

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains 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 properties are generally 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 around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. 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 particular one may come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as big 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 in the property as mentioned before. However, where it will have a more substantial effect, is when the property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are improving from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

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

 

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

Kingston upon Thames Landlord EPC Services

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

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also offer 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 rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees 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 home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be at the least an E. The regulations that control this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for 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 has to take steps 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. Over time, we expect a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide 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?
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC registered 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 typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be at least 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 improve 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 rates the property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient improvements will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set 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 prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they decide to proceed. One example would be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, would 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 becoming the baseline required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, but there are more likely to be added conditions 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 need to have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or higher. 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 properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident must be provided with 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 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the Energy Performance Certificate 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 correct legal advice to ensure all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been requested to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be done 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 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor instead of via a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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