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epcHome is an EPC supplier doing EPCs in West End as well as 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). The standard price of an EPC in West End is Only £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video clip below may help. Or you can always read the quick 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 is short 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 provide suggestions about energy improvements that could be made in the property that might help to reduce 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 provide an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is known as SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just contact us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a certified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to obtain the required information.

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as gather details about the present lighting, heating system, glazing and present insulation. It takes anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The details are then entered into approved government software which produces the certificate. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, if you need to have your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, we can produce an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

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 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 provide you with some simple tips to ensure that your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC score

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The information put into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases your Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

The Assessor will take photographic or obtain documentary information that is required for audit reasons. If no evidence is gathered then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this situation the software will use what the property would have been built with determined by it’s age.

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


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

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

• Roof extensions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main 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 instance a house heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same house 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 £556 to heat by gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs impacts the Energy Performance rating score. Higher expenses equates to 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 increase is only really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a modest improvement in the energy rating of the property. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically sensed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is just not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does indeed help the EPC because they are an inexpensive improvement that contributes to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

West End Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fees and penalties of up to £5,000 could be issued.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick information. We also provide reduced prices for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Prior to that date an Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties and fees may be issued by the local authority for infringement 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 provide rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of no less than an E much be attained 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 cost-effective solutions to attain the standards.

If the landlord has spent 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 last 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum 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 rules. The article is available here. Ensure you are not among them. As time goes by, we anticipate an increasing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, are not intended 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 get to 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 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 Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Can You Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 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 average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot be reached, 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 best 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 fixed penalty charge of £200 can 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 would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified score before they decide to continue. An example might be a bank loaning money against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be to be able to rent out. It is also getting to be the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds if it is below an E, but there will probably be additional clauses in the agreement.

    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 is valid for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident need to be provided with 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 defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. The list can be found 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 Energy Performance Certficate. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Along with the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will 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 correct legal advice to ensure all records is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC subject to one having been requested to be done within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted 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 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?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to an approved Assessor instead of through a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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