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epcHome is an EPC supplier doing EPCs throughout Slough as well as nearby areas. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Slough is £59

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are not clear of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below may 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.

What is An EPC?

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

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for needing an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you must give the incoming occupant a valid EPC. However you could be asked to obtain an EPC for any one 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 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 kind of EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to show that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, 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 must go to property to get the required information.

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

The obtained information then input approved government software which produces the certificate. The EPC Certificate will then be 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 can provide an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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 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 provide you with some simple tips to ensure that your EPC shows your home in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor will get almost all of the information they need simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the phrase “as built” for items that are needed where no proof is obtained. When 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}

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of these kinds of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably improve the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the most significant effect 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 generally heated by either of these 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 exact same home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost £596 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating 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 particular one may come as a bit of a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned above. However, where it does have a larger effect, is if the property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Slough Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges 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 should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only needed on new rentals. Penalties and fees may 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 very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating need to be a minimum of an E. The policies that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information 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 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 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 recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 investors are yet to conform to the new rules. 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.

The policies, having said that, are not intended to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is less than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing 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.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will need to carry out 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 visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Properties 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 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 can be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score 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 your 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. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by banking institutions when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the money if 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 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 is 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 being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be located 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 given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Aside from the EPC the tenant will 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC subject to one having been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be done within that timeframe, 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 must 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.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor as opposed to using a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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