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epcHome is an EPC company carrying out EPCs in Stratford as well as the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) completed by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our standard price to carry out an EPC in Stratford is simply £55 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Some people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video clip below might help. Or you can carry on and 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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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can make a property more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score seen on home appliances, it will give the home a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK home 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 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 sort of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just 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 get the required information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as obtain information regarding the present lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the home..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then produces the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it urgently, for a small additional cost, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

How To Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some easy guidelines so that your EPC reflects your property in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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Typically your Assessor is able to get almost all of the information they require simply by going around the home. 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 are required where no evidence is obtained. When the term “as built” needs to be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. This may have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

Whenever you can provide documentary evidence of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Roof extensions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the main impact 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 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 property or home heated by gas would cost you around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property or 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 home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC score. Higher expenses equals 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
Although improvements to the double glazing can make a difference, the most significant difference is actually really achieved when improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular item, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Stratford Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties up to £5,000 may be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide discounts 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. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for breach 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 let a property, the energy rating has to be not less than an E. The policies that control 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 currently is an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. Should there be 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 last 10 years maintained a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC and determine 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 conform to the new regulations. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations 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.
Which Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties need to have a valid EPC registered 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties should be at 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 attained, then an exemption can be applied for by going to the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?
    Dwellings 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 unlawful to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: 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. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they choose to continue. An example would be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, will 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 baseline required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be extra clauses in the agreement.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply 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 higher. 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?
    Yes, 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 incoming resident must 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 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 EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as 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 correct legal advice to ensure all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Property With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Cost Of An EPC?
    The price of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor instead of through a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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