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We are a team of accredited Surveyors, that carry out EPCs in Bedford and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The standard price of an EPC in Bedford is £55

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or you’ve been recently required to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check out 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 stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page report which rates the home from an A the best to G the worst. It will also provide suggestions about energy improvements that could be made in the home that could help to lower your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most typical reason for requiring an EPC is If you are selling or renting a property. It is because, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you could be required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for any of these reasons..

• 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 will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is known as SAP EPC and is necessary for building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, simply give us a call for further guidance.

How To Get One Done

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

The assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as obtain information about the existing lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. An average size home normally takes around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which then creates the EPC. 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. However, should you need your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, we can provide an EPC for you the same day 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
  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 Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some simple guidelines so 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 data put into the software is based on proof which the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically the Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the home.

The Assessor has to take photographic or gather documentary information that is important for audit reasons. If no proof is gathered then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this situation the software will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

If you can supply documentary proof of these sorts of improvements to the property then these can be shown on the Certificate and is likely to enhance the rating of your EPC.


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

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

• Roof 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 invoice from the contractor

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains things 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 generally heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the very same property 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 home, it would cost £556 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects 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 does make a difference, the most significant difference is actually really achieved if you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply modernising from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, it will only show as a modest rise in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is typically noticed by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. As the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any particular object, this kind of comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Bedford Landlord EPC Services

The rules for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, ensure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil fines as much as £5,000 can be issued.

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

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an EPC was only necessary on new rentals. Penalties 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 highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating has to be at least an E. The policies that control this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for short. To learn more about 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 has got to take measures 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 past ten 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 minimum E rating.

A recent post in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered 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 expect an increasing number of Local Authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, having said that, 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 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 Need To Have An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The simple answer is No. From April 2020 all rental properties must 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 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 landlord would have to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to raise 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.

    Is There A Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    Dwellings rented out in the private market will be required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be unlawful to rent out a dwelling which does not have a minimum E rating unless the property has an exemption.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: 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. Having said that, various 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specific score before they choose to continue. One example would be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, will require that the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate the property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be for you to rent out. It is also becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, but 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 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 will be good for a further ten years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident has to be provided with 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 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 EPC. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the Energy Performance Certificate 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 proper legal advice so that all documentation is given to the courts correctly.

    Can A Property Be Marketed Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been requested to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable attempts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.
    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?
    From 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 needs to be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    Do You Know The Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The price of an Energy Performance Certificate is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it will be cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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