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epcHome is an EPC service provider undertaking EPCs throughout Slough as well as nearby areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a property sale. Our standard price to do an EPC in Slough is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below might help. Or you can always 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: Upton, Windsor, Sutton, Burnham, Runnymede, Maidenhead, Egham, Winkfield, Ashford, Holloway

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report which rates your property from an A the best to G the worst. It will provide recommendations on energy improvements that may be made in the property that would help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for requiring an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. The reason being, by law, you must give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you could be asked to provide 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 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a qualified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the required information.

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

The obtained information then input approved government software which creates the certificate. The EPC Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need your EPC urgently, for a modest additional fee, we will provide an EPC for you the same day day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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 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.

Tips On How To Improve Your EPC Score

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

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data entered into the software is based on proof which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor will get almost all the information whilst going around the home.

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

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


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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from contractors showing thickness installed.

• Loft conversions 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.

• Any type of wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– Any guarantees, or receipts from the contractor

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest 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 properties are generally 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 you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs 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 does make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved when you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a modest increase in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is generally felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does indeed help the EPC as they are an affordable improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Slough Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil fees and penalties as much as £5,000 could be issued.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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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. Fines may 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. An energy rating of no less than an E much be reached on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to get to the minimum.

This is where the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective methods to achieve the standards.

When the landlord has invested 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 past 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is found 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 minimum E rating.

A recently available post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The initial 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 actions to reach 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 give you expect guidance on all aspects 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 Need To Have An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The answer is 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 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). An 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 will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating cannot be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by going to the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Homes 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 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 can 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 prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they choose to proceed. One 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 dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard requested 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, but there are more likely to 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 need to 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 valid 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 being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has 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 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 with 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 period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the EPC the tenant would 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 that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    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 EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor as opposed to using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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