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Our company is a team of local Assessors, who carry out EPCs throughout Bury St Edmunds and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we will be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a house sale. Our standard charge to carry out an EPC in Bury St Edmunds is simply £55 inclusive.

What Is An EPC? – Steph Clarifies Below.

Many people are uncertain of what an EPC is before they contact us. Our explainer video clip below might help. Or you can always read the quick 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.
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What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that gives advice on energy saving actions that can make a home more cost-effective to run. EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate. Much the same as the energy score seen on home appliances, it will give the property a score between an A (100) to a G (0). A typical UK residence is rated at a D60.

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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This particular EPC is called a SAP EPC and is needed by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. In case you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re unsure, just give us a call for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a certified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor must go to property to get the necessary information.

The assessor will take dimensions of the property and also gather information about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the property..

The details are then input 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. Should 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 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
  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 shows 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 should 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.

What we should prevent is the Assessor putting into the software program the phrase “as built” for items which are needed where no information is obtained. If the term “as built” has to be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based upon what would have been there when the property was built. This can have a negative impact on the {rating of the EPC}

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


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

• 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 plans.

• 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 things 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 kinds of 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 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 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest difference is only really achieved if you are improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is typically felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a decrease in draughts. Because 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 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 of up to £5,000 could be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for several 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 required 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 needs to be a minimum of an E. The policies that govern this is called 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 has 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 can be found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and see 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 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 Local Authorities 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 achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you could then be able to apply for. We can provide 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?

  • 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 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 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 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?

    Homes rented out in the private sector 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 fixed penalty charge of £200 may be issued 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 future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.

    Can An EPC Fail?

    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a certain score before they decide to continue. One 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 simply have 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 above. 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 requiring an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined 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 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 would 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 carried out 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.

    Is It A Legal Requirement For An EPC When Renting?

    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 needs to 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. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of through a third party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

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