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epcHome is an EPC supplier carrying out EPCs in Stonebridge as well as the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our normal charge to carry out an EPC in Stonebridge is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. The 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 three to five page report that rates your property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will give suggestions about energy improvements that may be made in the home that would help to lower your energy bills.

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 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 type of 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. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply give us a call for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the property to obtain the necessary data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

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

The details are then entered into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you require your EPC urgently, for a modest additional charge, 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 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.

How You Can Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some easy tips so 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 should be able to obtain almost all of the information they require by just going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items which will be required where no evidence is gathered. If the term “as built” must be used then the program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. This could have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of any of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to increase the rating of your EPC.


• 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 built – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest 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 generally heated by either of these kinds of fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC 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
This will come as a bit of a shock, 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 as previously mentioned. However, where it can have a larger effect, is when the property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are improving from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

Stonebridge Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges up to £5,000 can be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate 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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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to offer rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least an E much be attained 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 when the landlord must work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost effective methods to reach 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 managed a register of all EPCs. The register can be found 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 recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not one of those. Over time, we anticipate an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, nevertheless, 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 that you are currently taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you could 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 Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to 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 average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Dwellings 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 can be issued 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 potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Even so, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they choose to continue. An example would be a financial institution loaning money against a rental property, will require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a property can be to be able to rent out. Also, it is getting to be the baseline required by banking institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra conditions in the arrangement.

    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 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 will be valid 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 homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident must 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A 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 provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the Energy Performance Certificate 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 proper legal advice to ensure that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From April 2020, all dwellings for rental must 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.
    Just How Much Will An Energy Performance Certficate Cost
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor rather than using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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