EPC Assessors in Central Milton Keynes area

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We are a group of qualified Assessors, that undertake EPCs in Central Milton Keynes and nearby surrounding areas. As accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, we would be pleased to undertake your EPC whether it’s required for rental or perhaps for a home sale. Our standard cost to undertake an EPC in Central Milton Keynes is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

Some people are unclear of what an EPC is before they call us. Our explainer video below could help. Or you can always read the brief 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.

What is An EPC?

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An EPC is a legal report that gives recommendations on energy saving actions that can easily make a property cheaper to run. EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Very much the same as the energy rating seen on electrical home appliances, it will give the home a rating between an A (100) to a G (0). An average UK home is rated at a D60.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for requiring an EPC is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. These are among the other reasons you might be required 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 produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent construction work you have undertaken. Should you need a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re uncertain, just give us a call for more advice.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is carried out by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to visit the property to get the required information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home as well as collect information about the present lighting, heating, glazing and present insulation. An average size home usually takes between 20 and 30 minutesto do..

The information is then entered into approved government software which creates the certificate. The EPC Certificate will be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in a couple of days. Should you require 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 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.

Tips On How To Enhance Your EPC Score

Here we will offer you some easy guidelines to ensure that your EPC reflects your home in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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Typically your Assessor will obtain the vast majority of information they require simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

Your Assessor will take photographic or gather documentary information that is needed for audit reasons. If no proof is obtained then the Assessor must enter the term “as built” into the software program. In this situation the program will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.

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

• Roof conversions year it was built – building control sign off, dated architects drawings.

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

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

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

• Sloping ceiling insulation/ floor insulation – receipt from installers showing thickness installed.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the biggest impact 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 instance a house heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi-detached using around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it would cost you £556 to heat with gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the Energy Performance rating rating. Higher costs equates to lower scores.

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 surprise, but upvc double glazing does not have as big an impact on the EPC as most people would think. Certainly not nearly as much as the heating, the insulation and the type of fuel used as previously mentioned. However, where it will have a greater effect, is when your property is up-graded from single glazing to double glazing. If you are improving from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, to current double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the home.

With double glazing the perception is typically noticed 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 EPC as they are an affordable improvement that leads to reduced energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.

Central Milton Keynes Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the laws, as civil penalty charges up to £5,000 could be issued.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We provide discounts for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all existing rented properties should have a valid EPC. Before that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only needed on new rentals. Penalties and fees may 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 properties that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties need to be at least an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to attain the minimum.

This is when the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost-effective ways to achieve the standards.

If the landlord has spent up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to give advice 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 kept a register of all EPCs. This register is available at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to find out if your properties have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the required E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found out that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time passes, we anticipate an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These policies, having said that, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is below an E, to demonstrate that you are currently taking or have taken actions to attain an E. Even if it doesn’t achieve an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice on every aspect 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 Dwellings Are Exempt From Needing An EPC?

  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Are You Able To Let A Property Without An EPC?

    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 must 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). An average UK property is a D60. Rental properties need to be at least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to lift the rating. If an E rating can not be achieved, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC Rating To Let A Property?

    Properties 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 unlawful 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 set penalty charge of £200 may be issued for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the owner or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the potential buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.

    Can You Fail An EPC?

    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. Nonetheless, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a specified rating before they decide to continue. One example might be a bank lending money against a rental property, might require that the EPC is at least an “E”.

    What Does EPC E Mean?

    The EPC will rate your 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 getting to be the standard requested by banking institutions when lending money against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the funds when it is below an E, however there will probably be added conditions in the agreement.

    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 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 valid for a further 10 years.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?

    Indeed, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and properties which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident need to be given 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 identified in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list is available at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?

    If the tenancy began 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.

    Aside from the EPC the tenant would 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 documentation is presented to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Home Without An EPC?

    Yes a property may be marketed without an EPC but only subject to one having been booked to be carried out within 7 days. If after making all reasonable efforts one can not be obtained within that period, then a further 21 days is permitted to acquire one.

    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement When Renting?

    Since April 2020, all dwellings for rental 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 must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.

    How Much Is An EPC?

    The cost of an EPC is typically in the range of £50 – £120. This depends upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to an accredited Assessor instead of using a 3rd party for instance an Estate Agent or a marketing company.

    Some people love Central Milton Keynes, others don’t. We certainly love it. It’s a great location to live and work and has many exciting things in the area. We aim to be the leading EPC company assisting the community.

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