In accordance with the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 and the Private Rented Property Minimum Standard (MEES),
- it will be unlawful to grant new leases of residential or commercial properties with an EPC rating below an 'E' (EPC rating of “F” and “G”) from 1st April 2018.
- it will be unlawful to continue all existing residential leases with an EPC rating below an 'E' from 1st April 2020.
- it will be unlawful to continue all existing commercial leases with an EPC rating below an 'E' from 1st April 2023.
The Regulations and guidance above aim to tackle the very least energy efficient properties in England and Wales, those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate.
Those buildings with the rating of “F” and “G”, are defined by the Regulations as “sub-standard” properties. The landlords, including private and public (local authority landlords), will need to improve the energy efficiency of their sub-standard buildings to a minimum rating of “E” if they want to lease them.
The trigger date for new leases is fast-approaching, landlords will need to act as early as possible in order to avoid delays to their new commercial leases after 1st April 2018.
Innervision Design can advise landlords on how to improve energy ratings of their existing commercial buildings in a cost effective way. Our consultants can undertake EPCs for all types of commercial buildings and provide guidance on how to achieve the minimum “E” rating. Our service is affordable with 3-5 days turnaround. Please get in touch for a friendly discussion and some initial advice. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.innervision-design.co.uk/sbem-calculations-and-epc.php.