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epcHome is an EPC service provider undertaking EPCs in Westbury and the surrounding areas. As approved Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to carry out your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. Our standard charge to undertake an EPC in Westbury is simply £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

Many people are not clear of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video clip below may help. Or you can always 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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An EPC is a legal report that provides recommendations on energy saving actions that can make a property cheaper to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on appliances, it will give the home 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 frequent reason for requiring an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. The reason being, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. These are among the other reasons you could be required to provide 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 of the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. In case you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, just give us a call for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

The Assessor will take dimensions of the home and also gather information regarding the existing lighting, heating system, glazing and existing insulation. It takes between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which then creates the EPC. The Certificate is then lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. In the event you need it urgently, for a small additional cost, we will arrange for you to get it the same day.

That’s it, its all doneYour EPC is then valid for 10 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 Enhance Your EPC Score

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

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These will improve your EPC rating

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The information entered into the software 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 program the term “as built” for items that are required where no evidence is obtained. If the term “as built” has 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 can have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

If you can supply documentary proof of any of these sorts of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will likely enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the biggest effect 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 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 you around 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 using a typically semi-detached 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 rating. Higher expenses equates to 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
Although improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest increase is actually really achieved when upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small rise in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any specific item, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Westbury Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. If you are a property owner, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines as much as £5,000 can be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick information. We provide discounts for multiple 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 Energy Performance 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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An EPC rates the home from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally rent a property, the energy rating must be at the least an E. The policies that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) in short. For additional information on MEES go to 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 do something 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 managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time passes, we expect an increasing number of local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, nevertheless, are not intended to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be below an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can give you 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    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 must 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 need to be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to increase the rating. If an E rating can not be attained, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting 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 worst. Dwellings rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set 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 future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can You Fail An EPC?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Having said that, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they decide to continue. One 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 property can be in order to rent out. It is also becoming the standard required by banking institutions when loaning money against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the funds when it is below an E, although there are more likely to be extra 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 must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or higher. 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 that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident has to be given an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being described in the database of Historic England as a listed building. A 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 using 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 time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    Besides the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and 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 that all paperwork is presented 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 been planned to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all realistic efforts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to acquire 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 home from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Cost Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This is determined by size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going directly to a certified Assessor rather than using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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