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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs throughout Richmond upon Thames along with the nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a property sale. The standard price of an EPC in Richmond upon Thames is £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Lots of people are not clear of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below may help. Or you can always 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 recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a home less expensive to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score seen on electrical home appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK residence 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 examples 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 type of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a qualified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to obtain the necessary information.

Your Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. A normal size property usually takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then put into approved government software which produces the EPC. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you require your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, we will produce an EPC for you the same day 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 Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some easy guidelines to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your property in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC score

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The data put into the software is based on proof which the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically the Assessor can get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

What we want to prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items which are required where no information 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 constructed. EPC score.

If you can provide documentary proof of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to help the rating of your EPC.


• Double glazing improvements 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 installer.

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

These make the biggest difference

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


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

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 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 using a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts 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 will come as a surprise, but double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned before. Where it does have a greater effect, is if your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise 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. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

Richmond upon Thames Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties of up to £5,000 may be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We offer reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an EPC was only needed 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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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to supply rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to get to the minimum.

This is where the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost effective methods to attain the standards.

When the landlord has expended 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 advice 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 ten years maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. As time goes by, we anticipate an increasing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, 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 below an E, to show that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can provide 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 Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise 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 scores a property from A, the highest to G, the worst. 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 given for failure to comply in the following instances: 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 You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they choose to proceed. An example would 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 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. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by financial institutions when loaning funds 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 extra conditions 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 must 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 valid 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 occupant must be given 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. A list can be found 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 an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate 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 documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised 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 obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From 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 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.
    What Is The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor instead of via a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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