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We are a team of local Assessors, that carry out EPCs in Rickmansworth and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a property sale. Our usual cost to carry out an EPC in Rickmansworth is only £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Some people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video below might 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Watford, Bushey, Abbots Langley

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that provides advice on energy saving measures that can make a home more affordable to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very 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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The most typical reason for requiring an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. These are some of the other reasons you might be asked to produce 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 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, simply contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the home to obtain 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 home plus gather information about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and present insulation. A normal size property takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then entered into approved government software which creates the certificate. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you require it urgently, for a small additional cost, we can 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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some easy guidelines so your EPC reflects your home 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 can obtain a lot of the information they require by simply going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

Your Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is important for audit reasons. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software. In such a case the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can provide documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

• Any wall insulation Internal/Cavity/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 contractor showing thickness installed.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three 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 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 house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £556 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equals 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing does make a difference, the greatest increase is only really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is typically sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this kind of comfort gain is just not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the EPC since they are a low cost improvement that leads to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Rickmansworth Landlord EPC Services

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

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all current rented properties should have a valid EPC. Before that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees can 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 home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating must be a minimum of an E. The policies that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional info 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. If there is 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 past ten years managed a register of all EPCs. This register is located 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 article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new rules. The article is available here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, 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 steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you might 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 Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 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 would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, 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 have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed 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 future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified rating before they decide to continue. One example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, will 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 dwelling can be so as to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by banking institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, but there will probably be extra conditions in the arrangement.

    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 will 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 valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC 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 resident need to be provided with 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. The 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be done within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    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 generally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor rather than via a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    {Rickmansworth sometimes gets bad press.} Nonetheless, we know it’s not always justified. It’s a great area to work and live and are very proud to be an EPC company in the area.
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