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Our company is a team of local Assessors, that undertake EPCs in Ware and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our usual charge to do an EPC in Ware is only £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Explains Below.

If you’ve not moved home within the last 10 years, or you’ve actually been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should look at our information video clip 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Hertford, Hoddesdon, Eastend, Bromley, Harlow, West End, Cheshunt, Hatfield, Stevenage, East End

What is An EPC?

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EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates the home from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will provide suggestions about energy improvements that could be made on the property that will help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for requiring an EPC is If you are selling or renting a property. This is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you could be required to get an Energy Performance Certificate for any 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 the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested 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 necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not sure, simply contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a certified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must visit the property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property plus obtain information regarding the current lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The information is then put into approved government software which creates the EPC. The Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need your EPC quickly, for a small additional fee, we will produce 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.

Tips On How To Boost Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some basic tips so that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the very best light.

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These will enhance your EPC score

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The information put into the software is based on proof which the Assessor gathers during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the property.

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

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


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

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

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects plans.

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

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

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 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 property heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses 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 influences the EPC score. Higher costs equals 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 particular one may come as a shock, but upvc 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 in the property as mentioned above. However, where it does have a more substantial effect, is when the house is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease 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 indeed help the EPC because they are an affordable improvement that makes a contribution to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Ware Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties as high as £5,000 could be given.

Have a 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 current rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees 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 property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating has to be at least an E. The policies that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. For more information on MEES check out the government website for landlord guidance.

If your property currently is 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 last 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new rules. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we expect a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to show that you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice 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 Need To Have An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • 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 Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 needs 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 have to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord will 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.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Dwellings rated F or G, after 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 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 You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they decide to proceed. One example might be a bank lending funds against a rental property, will require 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 dwelling can be so as to rent out. It is also becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when lending funds against a property.

    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 additional clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply need 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 over. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be good 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 inbound resident must be given 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 located on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy commenced 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 needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as the Energy Performance Certificate 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 documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without having an EPC subject to one having been requested to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?
    Since 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    How Much Is An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor instead of through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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