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We are a team of local Assessors, that undertake EPCs in Milton Keynes and nearby surrounding areas. If you’re renting or selling a property, you’ll need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Our typical charge to undertake an EPC in Milton Keynes is just £55 inclusive.

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home within the last ten years, or maybe you’ve been recently asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can look at our information video clip that explains 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 that rates the home from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will also provide advice on energy improvements which can be made in the home which would help to reduce 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 of the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to demonstrate that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not certain, just contact us for further advice.

How To Get One Done

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An Assessor has to undertake a visit to the home to obtain the necessary data for the EPC. They are qualified and must be a continuing member of an approved Government certification scheme.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home and also collect information regarding the current lighting, home heating, glazing and current insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the home..

The details are then input approved government software which then produces the EPC. The EPC will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you will receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you require it urgently, for a small additional charge, we can 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.

Ways To Enhance Your EPC Rating

Here we will give you some simple tips to ensure that your EPC reflects your home in the very best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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In most cases your Assessor should be able to get a lot of the information they need simply by going around the home. The data entered into the software is based on evidence gathered during the visit.

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

Whenever you can supply documentary evidence of any of these sorts of improvements to the property then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably enhance the rating of your EPC Certificate.

• Loft conversions year it was constructed – completion certificate, dated architects drawings.

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

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

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

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

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

Main Source of Fuel
UK homes are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a house heated by gas would cost somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the similar house which is heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So with a typically semi which uses 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 rating. Higher expenses 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
Although upgrades to the double glazing can make a difference, the greatest difference is only really achieved if you are improving from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are simply upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, it will only show as a small improvement in the energy rating of the home. With double glazing the perception is typically experienced by the customer in terms of cosiness from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific item, this comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

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

Milton Keynes Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for property owners are forever increasing. For anybody who is a landlord, make certain you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties as much as £5,000 may be given.

Look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reduced prices for multiple 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. Previous to that date an Energy Performance Certificate was only required on new rentals. Penalties can be issued by the local authority for breach 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 provide rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. All rented properties must be at least an energy rating of an E. If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord will need to take steps to reach the minimum.

This is when the landlord would need to work closely with the Energy Assessor to determine cost effective solutions to achieve the standards.

In the event the landlord has put in 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 assistance 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 ten years kept 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 see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recent report in the Telegraph taken from information on the register discovered that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. This article is available here. Ensure you are not one of them. As time passes, we anticipate an increasing number of Councils to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, however, are not meant to be onerous. The initial 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 taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are specific exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you expect recommendations 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.
Which Properties Are Exempt From Requiring An EPC?
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Can You Let A Property Without An EPC?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes 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 must be a minimum of an E rating. If it is not an E then the landlord would have to undertake some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot 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?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC rates the property from A, the highest to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, after April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy-efficient upgrades will have to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is The Fine For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following circumstances: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    Simply no. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, different 3rd parties may require the EPC have a certain rating before they choose to continue. One example might be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, will require 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 baseline requested by banks when loaning funds against a property.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to borrow the money when it is below an E, but there are more likely to be extra clauses in the arrangement.

    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 higher. 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?
    Yes, an EPC is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes which are for sale as well as all newly built properties. Legally, the incoming resident has to be given 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. The list is available on the historic england website.
    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 an EPC is subsequently obtained, a period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    As well as the EPC 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 correct legal advice to ensure that all paperwork is presented to the courts correctly.

    Could You Market A Home Without Having An EPC?
    Yes a property can be advertised without an EPC but only subject to one having actually been commissioned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic attempts one cannot be acquired within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to get one.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement 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 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.
    What Is The Cost Of An EPC?
    The price of an EPC is generally in the range of £50 – £120. This is dependent upon size of property and location. Usually it is cheaper if going straight to a certified Assessor rather than using a 3rd party like an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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