Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
In April 2018 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced to UK legislation making it illegal for a landlord to let a property until it meets a minimum level of energy efficient; an E rating.
This significant change in policy brings with it a multitude of new risks that may have a powerful impact on the property industry. Potentially one-third of all commercial properties may be below the minimum rating. Given the magnitude of the problem and the heavy fines for non-compliance (minimum £10,000, up to £150,000), this is perhaps a timely moment to take stock of the broader challenges this legislation presents those in the property industry.
Our in-house EPC Assessor at Johnson Tucker is ready and on-hand to give advice on all aspects of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. Matthew Ternent is a fully qualified domestic and non-domestic EPC assessor and undertakes EPC’s on properties across all sectors.
In 2023, the regulations will go a step further; from 1 April 2023, landlords will not be able to let or renew a lease on a non-domestic property which is already let if that property has an EPC rating of band F or G.