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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in Rickmansworth is £59.

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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document which rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also give advice on energy improvements which can be made in the property that will help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you might be asked to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for some of these reasons..

• 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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, just contact us for further 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 has to go to property to get the required information.

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

The information is then input approved government software which generates the certificate. The Certificate 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 need to have your EPC urgently, for a small additional charge, 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 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 Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some easy tips so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your home in the very best light.

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These things 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 your Assessor will get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

The Assessor has to take photographic or obtain documentary information that is important for audit purposes. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software. In this 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 to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the most significant 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 similar house 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 £596 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating score. Higher expenses 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 upgrades to the double glazing will make a difference, the biggest difference is actually really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is generally sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Rickmansworth Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 may be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reduced prices 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 Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Certificate was only needed 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 let a property, the energy rating has to be not less than an E. The regulations that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional info on MEES go to the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 has got to do something 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. The register is available 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 recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The article is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time passes, we expect a growing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, however, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you expect guidance 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 best) 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 increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be reached, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting 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 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 Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: 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 An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain score before they decide to continue. An example might be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, might require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate 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 getting to be the standard requested by banking institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be added clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or higher. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be 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 has to be provided with 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be found 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate in addition to 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 records is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having actually been booked to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings 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.
    How Much Does An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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