Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are part of the Energy Act 2011 and come into force in April 2018. The new regulations mean that commercial and residential properties must meet a minimum energy efficiency rating in order to be let. If you are a landlord of a privately rented property then it is your responsibility to make sure you are compliant. There are some exemptions:
- Those already exempt from EPC regulations, i.e. listed buildings and agricultural buildings
- Commercial buildings with very short (six months or less) or very long (99 years or more) leases.
This is one of the most significant pieces of legislation relating to landlords and the marketability of current and future properties.
In a nutshell:
- It will be unlawful to let out property if the EPC rating is below an ‘E’
- The regulations affect the granting of a new lease or a lease renewal from April 2018
EPC ratings have changed since their introduction in 2008. If your property EPC was an ‘E’ five years ago, in 2016 it may be an F. Call us if you would like to know more.
Making it work for you
We know it can get complicated, especially if you need to review an extensive property portfolio. We are here to help you unravel the new legislation and specifically what it means for you. Our experts are here to make sense of it all and our qualified CIBSE Energy Assessors offer years of experience that will make the process as smooth as possible so you can rent your property without any delay.
EPC Plus Report
We can also offer you more than just the basic requirements of your EPC. If your building has a poor EPC rating, we can always help you to move to the next level. We provide a report with recommendations on further energy efficiency improvements you can make, helping you to make informed decisions about your property.