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epcHome is an EPC service provider undertaking EPCs throughout Wandsworth and the nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a property sale. Our usual price to do an EPC in Wandsworth is just £59 inclusive.

Exactly What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they call us. The 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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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document that rates your property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also provide suggestions about energy improvements which can be made on the property 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 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type 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. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just contact us for further 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 EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the property as well as gather information about the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. An average size property usually takes around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then entered into approved government software which then produces the certificate. The EPC Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you require it quickly, for a small additional charge, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all doneYour 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 Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some basic tips so your EPC reflects your home in the very best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC rating

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The data entered into the software program is based on proof which the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically the Assessor will get most of the information whilst going around the property.

Your Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary information that is needed for audit reasons. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In such a case the software will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

If you can provide documentary proof of these types of improvements then this can be shown on the EPC and is likely to help the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the most significant effect 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 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 home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 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 around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost £596 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts 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 particular one will come as a surprise, but double glazing does not have as big 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 before. However, where it can have a larger effect, is when the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are updating from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is usually experienced 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 measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does indeed help the EPC since they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution 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 anyone who is a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties of up to £5,000 may be given.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rental properties should have a valid EPC. Before that date an Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties can 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 properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be reached on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable ways to achieve the standards.

When the landlord has put in up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to offer guidance 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 ten years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is 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 post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to conform to the new regulations. The article can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. As time goes by, we expect more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, however, are not meant to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be less than an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken steps to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you could 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.
Which Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able 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 rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot 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?
    Properties 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 property which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is The Fine 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 future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific rating before they decide to proceed. An example might be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, might require that 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 property can be for you to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, however there will probably be additional clauses 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 will need to 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 is valid for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that 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 buildings are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined 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 with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has 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 and 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.

    Can You Market A Property Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental must have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property 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 EPC?
    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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