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epcHome is an EPC provider undertaking EPCs in Stone and also the nearby areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or for a home sale. The standard cost of an EPC in Stone is £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Some people are not clear of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video clip below may help. Or you can always 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 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 rating found on home appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK home is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is If you are selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you might be required to get an Energy Performance Certificate for any 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 examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met specific standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, simply give us a call for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a professional and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus collect information about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. An average size home takes between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then put into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need to have your EPC quickly, for a small additional fee, we will produce 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 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.

How You Can Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will offer you some easy tips to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These will enhance your EPC rating

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

The Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary information that is needed for audit purposes. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software. In this case the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

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


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

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

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

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

• Roof conversions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the main effect on the energy rating are:

• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.
• The heating system.

Main Source of Fuel
UK homes 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 property heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical property which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi-detached using in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC 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 may come as a bit of a surprise, but double glazing does not have as major an impact on the EPC as most people would imagine. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as mentioned above. Where it can have a more substantial impact, is if your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is generally experienced 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 recorded.

 

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

Stone Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties up to £5,000 can be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide reductions for a number of 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. Previous to that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for infringement of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating must be not less than an E. The regulations that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. To learn more about MEES visit the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property is currently 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 kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we expect more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, having said that, are not intended 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 you are taking or have taken actions to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t reach 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.
What Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 must 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 rating of 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 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores a property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be given 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?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they choose to continue. An example might be a financial institution lending money against a rental property, will require 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 to be able to rent out. Also, it is becoming the baseline requested by financial institutions when lending money against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, although there are more likely to be additional conditions in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will have to be renewed Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must 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 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 properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident need to be given 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 identified 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 started or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using 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 time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to 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 that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been commissioned to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts 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?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Typically it will be cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor instead of using a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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