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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs in Loughton along with the surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a property sale. Our usual charge to carry out an EPC in Loughton is only £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Many people are not clear of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip below might 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.

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates the property from an A the best to G the worst. It will provide advice on energy improvements that may be made on the home that could help to lower 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 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the home to obtain the required data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as obtain specifics of the present lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. A normal size home will take around 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then input approved government software which generates the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we can produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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.

Ways To Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some simple guidelines to ensure that your EPC shows your property in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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The information put into the software program is based on proof which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor can get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

What we want to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items which are required where no proof is gathered. When the term “as built” must be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. EPC rating.

Whenever you can provide documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

• Loft conversions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest effect on the energy rating are:

• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.
• The heating system.

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 instance a property heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi 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 affects the EPC rating. Higher costs 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
This one may come as a bit of 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 previously mentioned. However, where it can have a more substantial impact, is when your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

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

 

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

Loughton Landlord EPC Services

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

Check out our guidelines for quick information. We also offer discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties can 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 provide rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be not less than an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to reach the minimum.

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

In the event the landlord has invested 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 last 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. The article is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate more and more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, however, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is less than an E, to demonstrate 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 may 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?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    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 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). 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 need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be reached, 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the best to G, the worst. Properties rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they decide to continue. One example might be a bank lending money against a rental property, might require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The EPC will rate the 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 standard required by banking institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, although there will probably be extra conditions in the contract.

    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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident must be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as 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 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 marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    Since 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 home from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Cost Of An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor instead of using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    {Loughton sometimes gets bad press.} However, we believe it’s not really justified. It’s a great place to operate and live and are very pleased to be an EPC company in the area.
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