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We are a team of qualified 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). Our standard cost to do an EPC in Bedford is only £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during 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 lowest. 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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{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 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 called a SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you might have undertaken. If you need 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 minutes..

The obtained information then entered into approved government software which generates 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. In the event you require it quickly, for a small additional cost, we are able to arrange for you to get it the same day.

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
  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 Improve Your EPC Score

Here we will give you some simple guidelines 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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Typically your Assessor can obtain the majority 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 should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items which will be required where no evidence is gathered. When the term “as built” needs to be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was constructed. EPC score.

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.


• 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.

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

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

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

These make the biggest difference

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The three 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 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 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 EPC score. Higher expenses equals 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 small 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 affordable 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 violation 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 is currently 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 steps 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 found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new rules. The article is available here. Make sure you are not one of those. As time passes, we expect a lot more Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, however, 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 achieve 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 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 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 improve 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?

    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient upgrades will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.

    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?

    A set penalty charge of £200 can 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 achieve 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 so as to rent out. It is also becoming the standard requested by financial institutions when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be additional conditions 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 incoming 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 at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    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 Energy Performance Certficate. 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 correct legal advice so that all documents 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 commissioned 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?

    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £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.

    We’d want to thanks customers present and past in Bedford for making use of us to be there service provider. It’s a great area to live and work.

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