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If you’re renting, selling, or applying for a re-mortgage, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

The typical price of an EPC in Ware is £59.

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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An EPC is a legal report that gives advice on energy saving measures that can easily make a home more affordable to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on appliances, it will give the property a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK residence is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most common reason for requiring an EPC is If you are selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. These are among the other reasons you could be asked to produce an EPC.

• 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 particular EPC is produced in addition to SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re uncertain, simply contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the property to obtain the required data for the EPC. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government accreditation scheme.

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

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which generates the EPC. The Energy Performance Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you require your EPC urgently, for a modest additional charge, we will produce an EPC for you on the same 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.

Ways To Improve Your EPC Score

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

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These will improve your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor will be able to get most of the information they need by just going around the property. 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 program the phrase “as built” for items that 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. EPC rating.

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these types of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will likely improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three 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 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 you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the identical house 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 £596 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the Energy Performance rating rating. 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 will come as a shock, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as previously mentioned. However, where it does have a larger effect, is when the house is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If 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 specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does help the EPC since they are an inexpensive improvement that leads 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 regulations, as civil fines as high as £5,000 could be given.

Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties need to have a valid EPC. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties may 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 supply rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties must be a minimum of an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost effective methods to attain 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 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the minimum 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 rules. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time passes, we expect a growing number of 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 if it is below an E, to demonstrate that you are taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you might 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?
  • Places of worship.
  • 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.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must 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 best) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical 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 need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve 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?
    Homes rented out in the private market 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 can be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain rating before they choose 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 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 in order to rent out. Also, it is becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, although there are more likely to be added clauses in the arrangement.

    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 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 good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are being sold as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant has to 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 described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The 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 the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides 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 documents is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is allowed to get one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    Since April 2020, all dwellings 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.
    Do You Know The Cost Of An EPC?
    The price of an EPC is normally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an approved Assessor as opposed to using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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