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epcHome is an EPC service provider doing EPCs throughout Queens Park as well as nearby areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our standard cost to undertake an EPC in Queens Park is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Many people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. The explainer video clip below will 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving measures that can make a home cheaper to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score found on appliances, it will give the home a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK property is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you could be asked to provide an EPC.

• 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 examples 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 kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, simply give us a call for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the property to obtain the necessary information for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as obtain information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. A normal size home usually takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then produces the certificate. The EPC is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need your EPC urgently, for a modest additional fee, we will provide 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
  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 Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some simple tips to ensure that your EPC shows your home in the best light.

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These will enhance your EPC score

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The information entered into the software program is based on proof which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get most of the information whilst going around the property.

The Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is required for audit purposes. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software. In this instance the program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate 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 to the majority of the property – Certificate from Fensa, or dated receipt from the installers.

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the biggest 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 generally heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a house heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the same house which is 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 property, it would cost £556 to heat with gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects 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 improvements to the double glazing can make a difference, the biggest increase is actually really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a modest rise 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 particular item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Queens Park Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as much as £5,000 could be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties must have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Certificate was only necessary 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 property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating has to be at the least an E. The regulations that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional info on MEES check out 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 needs 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 last ten years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. Over time, we expect an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to show that you are currently taking or have taken steps to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific 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.

What Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?

  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?

    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). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by going to 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 rates a 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 need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.

    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?

    A set penalty charge of £200 may be given 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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.

    Can You Fail An EPC?

    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they decide to proceed. One example might be a bank loaning money against a rental property, might require that 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 dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also becoming the baseline requested by banking institutions when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, but there are more likely to be additional conditions in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?

    It would simply need 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 ten years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Indeed, 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 incoming resident 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. This list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documentation is given 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 actually been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.

    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?

    Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental must 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.

    How Much Is An EPC?

    The cost of an EPC is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor rather than using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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