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Our company is a team of accredited Assessors, who undertake EPCs in Loughton and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a house sale. Our usual charge to undertake an EPC in Loughton is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during the last ten years, or maybe you’ve been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check out our information video 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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report which rates your property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will provide recommendations on energy improvements that may be made in the property that could help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a home. It is because, by law, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you might be asked to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate 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 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, just contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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

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

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which then produces the certificate. The EPC will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event 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 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
  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 Rating

Here we will provide you with some easy tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC score

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The information put into the software program is based on proof that the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items that are required where no evidence is obtained. When the term “as built” must be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

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 is likely to improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Loft extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

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

• Any type of wall insulation Internal/Cavity/External– {guarantee, or receipt from installer.}

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things 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 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 home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared with £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
Although upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the greatest increase is actually really achieved if you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a modest increase in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific object, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Loughton Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges up to £5,000 may be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We also offer reductions for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties 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 very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be not less than an E. The policies that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 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 ten years kept a register of all EPCs. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. This article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate an increasing number of 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 currently taking or have taken actions 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 guidance 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.
What 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.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties have to be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating cannot be attained, 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?
    Properties 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 dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    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 future 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 have a specified score before they decide to continue. An example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, might 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 so as to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the standard required by financial institutions when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, although there will probably be extra 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 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 properties that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming resident has to be provided with 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This 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 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.

    Besides 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 that all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been planned to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor as opposed to using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs completed over the past 6 years in Loughton, we’re pleased to an element of this lively community.
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