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epcHome is an EPC service provider undertaking EPCs throughout Watford as well as the nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s needed for rental or for a home sale. The standard cost of an EPC in Watford is Only £55

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Lots of people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video clip below could 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.
We also cover these nearby areas: Bushey, Rickmansworth, Abbots Langley

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving measures that can easily make a home inexpensive to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy score seen on appliances, it will give the property a score 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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{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 provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be 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 specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, simply phone us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must carry out a visit to the home to obtain the necessary 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 home as well as obtain details about the current lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. An average size property usually takes around 20 and 30 minutes..

The obtained information then input approved government software which then produces the certificate. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you need it urgently, for a small additional charge, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

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

Here we will provide you with some easy tips so your EPC reflects your property in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor will be able to get the majority of the 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 obtain documentary information which is necessary for audit reasons. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software. In such a case the software program will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

If you can supply documentary proof of these types of improvements to the property then these 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 contractor.

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

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

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

• Any wall insulation External/Cavity/Internal– Any guarantees, or receipts from the contractor

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things that have the biggest impact 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 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 instance a house heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same house which is 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 property, it would cost £556 to heat by gas when compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher expenses 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
Although improvements to the double glazing will make a difference, the biggest difference is actually really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 double glazing, this would only show as a modest increase in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Watford Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties as high as £5,000 may be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reduced prices for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Before that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Penalties and fees can be issued by the local authority for breach 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. An energy rating of at least 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 attain the minimum.

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

If the landlord has invested up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to provide assistance 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 past 10 years kept a register of all EPCs. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The information can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. Over time, we anticipate a growing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

The policies, however, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be lower than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide expect recommendations 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.

What Properties Do Not Need To Have An EPC?

  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • 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.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An EPC?

    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes must have a valid EPC recorded 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 should be a minimum of 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 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?

    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties 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 The Fine For Not Having An EPC?

    A set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the vendor 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. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score before they decide to continue. One example would be a bank lending 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 to be able to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard required by banks when lending funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be extra conditions 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 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 valid 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 being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the incoming occupant need to 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A list can be found at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the EPC the tenant would have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and also 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 that all documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed With No EPC?

    Yes a property can be marketed without having an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.

    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?

    Since 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 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.

    What Is The Cost Of An EPC?

    An EPC typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a licensed Assessor as opposed to via a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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