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epcHome is an EPC service provider carrying out EPCs throughout Rushden and also the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our typical cost to undertake an EPC in Rushden is only £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check our information video that explains more about what an EPC is.

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 advice on energy saving measures that can make a property more cost-effective to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score found on home appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home 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 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 sort of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the home to obtain the necessary information for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather information regarding the current lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. An average size property normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then put into approved government software which produces the certificate. The EPC Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you need it urgently, for a small additional cost, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

How You Can Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some easy tips so that your EPC reflects your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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

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

If you can supply documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC.


• Any wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or invoice from the installer

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from contractor showing thickness fitted.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main 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 homes 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 instance a house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same house which is 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 with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the EPC score. Higher costs 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 may come as a bit of a surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned above. However, where it will have a larger impact, is when the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are updating from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate because they are an affordable improvement that contributes to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Rushden Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties as much as £5,000 can be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reductions for multiple 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 EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for violation 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 properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be not less than an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out affordable 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 10 years kept a register of all EPCs. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate 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 conform to the new rules. This article is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, however, are not intended 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 demonstrate you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide 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.

Which Properties Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?

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

    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC registered 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not 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?

    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?

    A fixed penalty charge of £200 can 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 You Fail An EPC?

    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they decide to proceed. An example would be a financial institution loaning money against a rental property, might require 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 property can be so as to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard required by financial institutions when loaning money against a home.

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

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?

    It will simply have 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 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?

    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident need to be provided with 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be found at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?

    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to 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 proper legal advice to ensure all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?

    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?

    Since 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    Just How Much Does An EPC Cost

    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor rather than via a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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