The government has recently published guidance for landlords on new regulations that will prohibit the letting of buildings that fail to meet minimum energy efficiency standards.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force in April next year and mean that all properties that fall below an EPC rating of E will become impossible to market unless upgraded to meet the minimum standards.
With just over a year until the rules are introduced, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has clarified further how the regulations will be implemented.
The guidance stated that subject to certain requirements and exemptions from 1st April 2018 landlords of non-domestic private rented properties may not start a tenancy with new, or existing tenants if their property has an EPC rating in band F or G.
From 1st April 2023, landlords will be prohibited to continue letting any non-domestic property which is already let if their property has an EPC rating lower than band E.
With some estimates suggesting the regulations could impact 20% of UK commercial property it is important that landlords act now to ensure that their properties are compliant.
To read the guidance in full, please click here.