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epcHome is an EPC company doing EPCs throughout Manor Park as well as nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or perhaps for a home sale. The standard price of an EPC in Manor Park is Only £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip 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 gives advice on energy saving measures that can easily make a home more cost-effective to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating found on home appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK home 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 of the above illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to get the required data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property and also collect details about the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and existing insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The details are then entered into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional charge, 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.

How To Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some easy guidelines so your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data put into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases the Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the property.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is needed for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In cases like this the program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

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

• Roof extensions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the main impact 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 kinds of 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 same property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat with gas compared 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 will come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as earlier mentioned. However, where it does have a more substantial impact, is if the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are changing from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

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

 

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

Manor Park Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties up to £5,000 may be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide reductions 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 should have a valid EPC. Before that date an Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for breach 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 rent a property, the energy rating need to be at least an E. The regulations that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about 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. Should there be an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord needs 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 ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article is available here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to show you are taking or have taken actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance 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?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • 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 )
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must 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 average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot be reached, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Dwellings rated F or G, from 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 circumstances: on sale or rent the seller 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. Nevertheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they choose to continue. One example would be a bank loaning money against a rental property, will 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 to be able to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by banks when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not to say 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 arrangement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must 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 valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has to be provided with 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be found 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 with 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 has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the EPC the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and also 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 to ensure all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since 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 price of an EPC is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor as opposed to using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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