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epcHome is an EPC service provider doing EPCs in Upton and the nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. The standard price of an EPC in Upton is Only £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Lots of people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. The explainer video below might help. Or you can carry on and 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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EPC refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report that rates the home from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also provide advice on energy improvements that could be made on the home which would help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a property. It is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you may be asked to get 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 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 are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This sort 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 have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply phone us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the home to get the required data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather specifics of the current lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The details are then entered into approved government software which then generates the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need your EPC urgently, for a small 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 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 Improve Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some basic guidelines so 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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In most cases your Assessor can obtain most 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 avoid is the Assessor putting into the software the term “as built” for items which are needed where no information 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 may have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

If you can provide documentary evidence of any of these sorts of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to improve the rating of your EPC.


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

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

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest 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 properties are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the same house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £556 to heat with gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC score. 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 one will come as a bit of a shock, but upvc 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 greater effect, is if your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are improving from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is typically felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t take into account 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 an inexpensive improvement that leads to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Upton Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 can be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reductions for a number of properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rental properties must have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines can 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 rent a property, the energy rating has to be at least an E. The regulations that regulate this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES check out 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 will have to take measures 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 ten years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your properties have a valid EPC 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 conform to the new regulations. The article is available here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we expect a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The regulations, however, are not meant to be onerous. The initial 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 currently taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you may 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • 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 registered 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, 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?
    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 have 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 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. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose to proceed. 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 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 required by banking institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the funds if it is below an E, but there will probably 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 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 good for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, 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 provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A 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 EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the EPC 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 correct legal advice to ensure all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having actually been requested to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be done within that period, 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 will 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 Does An EPC Cost
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor as opposed to via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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