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epcHome is an EPC provider carrying out EPCs throughout West End as well as the nearby areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a house sale. Our usual cost to do an EPC in West End is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Many people are unclear of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our 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 is short for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report that rates your property from an A the highest to G the worst. It will give recommendations on energy improvements that could be made in the home which 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 the above illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is called a SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you might have undertaken. If you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, simply contact us for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a certified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to get the required information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain information regarding the present lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. A typical size home will take between 20 and 30 minutes..

The details are then put into approved government software which produces the EPC. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, if you need to have your EPC quickly, for a small additional fee, 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 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.

How You Can Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple tips so that your EPC reflects your property in the best light.

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These things will enhance your EPC score

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The data entered into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor collects during the visit. In most cases the Assessor can get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

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

Whenever you can supply documentary proof of any of these kinds of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and will probably improve the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from contractors showing thickness fitted.

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – building control sign off, dated architectural plans.

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:


• The heating system.
• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in 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 property or home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi using 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 influences the EPC score. Higher costs equals 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 may come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an effect 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 above. However, where it can have a greater impact, is when your property is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are improving from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Unfortunately the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not recorded.

 

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

West End Landlord EPC Services

The rules for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges as high as £5,000 may be issued.

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We also provide 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 need to have a valid EPC. Previous to that date an Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Fines 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 offer rented properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be not less than an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to get to the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective methods to achieve the standards.

When 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 offer advice 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 maintained 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 EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent post 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 one of those. As time goes by, we anticipate an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, however, are not intended to be onerous. The 1st step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is less than an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken steps to get to 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 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 Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an typical UK property is a D60 Rental properties have to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting 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 a property from A, the highest to G, the worst. Dwellings rated F or G, from 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 set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific score before they decide to proceed. An example would be a financial institution lending funds against a rental property, will 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 dwelling can be so as to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline required by banks when lending funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money if it is below an E, however there are more likely to 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 must 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 EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound occupant 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 given the tenant an EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks would need to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as the EPC the tenant will 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 records is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Home Be Marketed With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been booked to be done within seven days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all dwellings for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home 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 Will An EPC Cost
    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 a licensed Assessor as opposed to using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    With over 12,000 EPCs completed over the last 6 years in West End, we are pleased to an element of this lively community.
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