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epcHome is an EPC company carrying out EPCs in Bury St Edmunds along with the nearby areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical cost of an EPC in Bury St Edmunds is Only £59

Steph Explains Below Just What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home during the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve been recently asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you should 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 refers to Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document which rates the property from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also give advice on energy improvements that may be made on the property that will help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid Energy Performance. However you may be asked to get 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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met specified standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor must undertake a visit to the property to get the required data for the Energy Performance Certificate. They are certified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property and also obtain information about the present lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. A typical size property usually takes around 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The details are then put into approved government software which produces the certificate. The Energy Performance Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. However, should you need to have your EPC urgently, for a small additional fee, we can provide an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour 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 Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will provide you with some basic tips so your Energy Performance Certificate reflects your property in the very best light.

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These will improve your EPC score

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In most cases your Assessor will be able to get the majority of the information they require by simply going around the property. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

The Assessor must take photographic or gather documentary information which is needed for audit reasons. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor has to enter the term “as built” in to the software program. In cases like this the software program will use what the property would have been built with based upon it’s age.

If you can provide documentary proof of any of these types of improvements then these can be shown on the Certificate and will probably increase the rating of your EPC.


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

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

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

• Roof extensions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architectural drawings.

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

These make the biggest difference

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The 3 mains items that have the most significant impact on the energy rating are:

• The main source of fuel for heating the property
• The levels of insulation in the property.
• The heating system.

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 instance a property or home heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar property or home which is 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 £596 to heat with gas in comparison to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs influences the EPC score. Higher costs 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
This will come as a shock, but double glazing does not have as major an effect on the EPC as most people would assume. Certainly not as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used in the property as mentioned above. Where it does have a larger impact, is when the home is upgraded from single glazing to double glazing. When you are changing from pre 2002 double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property.

With double glazing the perception is generally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is not measured.

 

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

Bury St Edmunds Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anyone who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalties as high as £5,000 could be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for multiple properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rented properties need to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Previous to that date an Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties may be issued by the local authority for breach of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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An EPC rates the property from an A, the very best, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be a minimum of an E. The policies that govern this is known as The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or (MEES) for 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 needs 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 10 years managed a register of all EPCs. This register is located at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The information can be found here. Ensure you are not among them. Over time, we expect a growing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These regulations, however, are not meant to be onerous. The initial step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to demonstrate you are taking or have taken steps to attain 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.
Which Properties Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Places of worship.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is 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). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties need to be at the least 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 raise the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, 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 have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’. It will be illegal to rent out a property 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 can be issued for failure to comply in the following instances: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the would-be buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specified score before they decide to continue. An example would be a bank loaning funds against a rental property, would require that 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 baseline required by financial institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not saying you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, but there will probably be additional clauses in the contract.

    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 higher. 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?
    Yes, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the inbound resident has to be provided with 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. A list is available on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy started or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict with a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided the tenant with an EPC. If an EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks needs 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 proper legal advice so that all documents is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property With No EPC?
    Yes a property may be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having been commissioned to be done within 7 days. If after making all realistic attempts one can not be done within that period, then a further 21 days is allowed to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental need to have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property 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 Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This will depend on the size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of through a third party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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