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epcHome is an EPC company carrying out EPCs throughout Northampton as well as the nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. Our usual charge to do an EPC in Northampton is only £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Lots of people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video below may help. Or you can carry on and read the quick 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 three to five page document that rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will provide advice on energy improvements which can be made in the property that would 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home and also obtain information regarding the current lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. A typical size property normally takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The information is then input approved government software which generates 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. However, if you need to have your EPC quickly, for a small additional charge, we can provide 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 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 Score

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

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These will improve your EPC score

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The data entered into the software is based on proof that the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases 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 that are needed where no evidence is gathered. If the term “as built” must be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. This could have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Loft extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the most significant impact 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 typically 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 or home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. Higher costs equates to 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 particular one may come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as earlier mentioned. Where it will have a more substantial effect, is when your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this 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 decrease in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are a low cost improvement that contributes to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating, insulation, and heating controls.

Northampton Landlord EPC Services

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

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees 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 must be not less than an E. The policies that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For additional information on MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently 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 got 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. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. This article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, 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 below an E, to show you are taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could 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 Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • 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.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without 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 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 have to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating can not 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?
    Dwellings 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 unlawful to rent out a property which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be given 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 future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific score before they decide to continue. One example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, would require that 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 in order to rent out. It is also becoming the standard requested by banking institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds if it is below an E, although there will probably be added clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would 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 is good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has 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 using 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 period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the EPC the tenant would 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 correct legal advice so that all documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having been planned to be carried out within 7 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.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all dwellings for rental must have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With well over 12,000 EPCs carried out within the last 6 years in Northampton, we’re pleased to an element of this lively community.
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