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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs in Shenley Brook End and also the nearby areas. If you’re renting or marketing a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical cost of an EPC in Shenley Brook End is £55

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below could 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 gives recommendations on energy saving actions that can make a home inexpensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on home appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK property 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 asked by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, simply phone us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to obtain the required information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather information regarding the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and current insulation. A normal size home usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then generates 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. In the event you require it quickly, for a small additional cost, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all doneYour EPC is then valid for ten 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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some simple guidelines so that your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor is 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.

The Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary evidence that is necessary for audit reasons. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In this case the software program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

If you can supply documentary proof of any of these kinds of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

• Roof conversions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

• Double glazing improvements made 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 3 mains things that have the main effect 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 home heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi using in the region of 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 influences the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher expenses 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 one may come as a bit of a surprise, 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 in the property as mentioned before. However, where it can have a greater impact, is if the home is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is typically 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 indeed help the EPC as they are an inexpensive improvement that makes a contribution to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Shenley Brook End Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 can be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide reduced prices for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for violation of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the home from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating needs to be not less than an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. To learn more about MEES visit 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 needs to take measures 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 last 10 years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The information is available here. Make sure you are not among them. Over time, we anticipate more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The rules, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The initial 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 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.

Which Dwellings Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?

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

    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 has 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 need to be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating can not 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?

    Homes rented out in the private market will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful 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 set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.

    Can You Fail An EPC?

    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they decide to proceed. One example might be a financial institution lending money 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 in order to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, although there will probably be added clauses in the agreement.

    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?

    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident has to 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 provided the tenant with an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the EPC the tenant would 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 all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property With No EPC?

    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted 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 home from A-G. For rental, the EPC has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    How Much Will An EPC Cost

    The cost of an EPC is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor rather than via a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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