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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs in Richmond and also the nearby areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a house sale. Our normal cost to do an EPC in Richmond is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video below will help. Or you can continue to 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a property cheaper to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy rating found on appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average 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 illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just phone us for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the home to get the necessary data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home plus gather information regarding the present lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you need 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.

How You Can Improve Your EPC Rating

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

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor is able to get the majority of the information they require by just going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items that will be required where no proof is gathered. If the term “as built” has to be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can provide documentary proof of these sorts of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and will probably help the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items 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 typically 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 home heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses 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 EPC rating. Higher expenses equals 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 shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as big 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 as mentioned above. Where it does have a greater impact, is when the home is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are updating from pre 2002 upvc 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 normally experienced 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 lighting does help the Energy Performance Certificate as they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Richmond Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 may be given.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for infringement 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 offer rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties have to be at least an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective solutions to attain the standards.

In the event the landlord has put in up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to provide guidance 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 10 years maintained 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 EPC 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 comply with the new regulations. The article can be found here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time passes, we anticipate a growing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve 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 Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • 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.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must 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 average UK property is a D60 Rental properties should 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 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 sector 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 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 circumstances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they decide to continue. An example would be a bank lending funds against a rental property, will require 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 property can be in order to rent out. It is also becoming the standard required by banking institutions when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, however there are more likely to be added conditions in the agreement.

    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 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 is good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming occupant must be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy started 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 an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides 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 to ensure all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, 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 properties 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 Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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