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epcHome is an EPC company carrying out EPCs in Woolwich along with the nearby areas. If you’re renting or selling your house, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Woolwich is Only £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or you’ve been recently asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you should look at our information video clip that describes more about what an EPC is.

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 report that rates the home from an A the highest to G the worst. It will also give advice on energy improvements that may be made on the home that could help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a property. The reason being, by law, you have to give the incoming occupant a valid Energy Performance. These are some of the other reasons you might be asked 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 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 known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to demonstrate 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, just give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to carry out a visit to the home to obtain the required information for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are qualified 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 present lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It may take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the complexity of the home..

The details are then entered into approved government software which creates the EPC. The Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you need it quickly, 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.

How To Boost Your EPC Rating

Here we will provide you with some basic guidelines 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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In most cases your Assessor can get most of the information they need by simply going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

What we want to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items which will be required where no proof is obtained. If the term “as built” has to be used then the software will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was constructed. This could have a negative effect on the {rating of the EPC}

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


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

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

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three items that have the biggest effect 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 properties 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 around 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same house heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses around 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas when compared with £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC rating. Higher costs 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 does make a difference, the biggest increase is only really achieved if you are upgrading from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this would only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is generally sensed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Since the EPC doesn’t look at the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the EPC since they are a low cost improvement that leads to cheaper energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Woolwich Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines of up to £5,000 may be given.

Take a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We offer reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties can 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. 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 when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine affordable methods to reach 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 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 past 10 years managed a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. This register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your properties have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not one of those. As time goes by, we expect more and more Local Authorities 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 actions to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you could 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?
  • 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.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without 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 most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties must be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift 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?
    Dwellings rented out in the private sector will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the vendor 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. Nevertheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they choose to proceed. One example would be a financial institution loaning money against a rental property, might 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 required by financial institutions when loaning money against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, however there are more likely to be additional clauses in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It would 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 is 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. Legally, the inbound occupant must be given 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 identified 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 using 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 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 proper legal advice to ensure all documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home With No EPC?
    Yes a property can be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been requested to be done within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental must 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.
    How Much Will An EPC Cost
    The cost of an Energy Performance Certificate is usually in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor instead of through a third party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
    We’ve been providing EPCs in Woolwich for upwards of 6 years and are delighted to be keeping charges down in the area. This has really helped us to become one of the main suppliers in the area.
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