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epcHome is an EPC provider doing EPCs throughout Wandsworth along with the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our usual cost to undertake an EPC in Wandsworth is simply £59 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or maybe you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check out our information video that describes more about what an EPC is.

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 document which rates the property from an A the best to G the worst. It will also provide advice on energy improvements which can be made on the home that could 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 the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re unsure, simply contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the home to get the necessary information for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as obtain information about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then produces the EPC. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. In the event you need it quickly, for a small additional cost, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic tips to ensure 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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In most cases your Assessor will obtain the vast majority of information they need simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

The Assessor will take photographic or gather documentary evidence that is required for audit purposes. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” in to the software. In cases like this the program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

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


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

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

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

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

• Loft conversions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects plans.

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the most significant 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 fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property or home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property or home which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £596 to heat by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC score. 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing can make a difference, the biggest increase is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is generally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is just not measured.

 

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

Wandsworth 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 penalties as much as £5,000 may be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties should have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines can 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 home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating has to be a minimum of an E. The regulations that regulate this is called The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for 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 has 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 last 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is located 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 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. As time goes by, we anticipate a growing number of Councils 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 if it is less than an E, to show that you are currently taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are specific exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide expect guidance 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.
Which Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes 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). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the best to G, the worst. Properties rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they choose to proceed. One example would be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, would 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 property can be for you to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard required by banks when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be added conditions in the agreement.

    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 will 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 homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using 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 period of 8 weeks would need 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 proper legal advice to ensure all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be acquired within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings 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 has to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An EPC?
    The cost of an EPC is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going directly to an accredited Assessor instead of via a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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