As you are probably aware, upcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into effect as of April 2018. Commercial properties will no longer be able to sign new tenancy agreements unless they reach a minimum EPC rating of E or above.
Many property owners make the mistake putting into place non-cost effective and non-efficient energy measures, and we feel by Landlords having this report will give them an independent, informed choice into which measures will ensure compliance, but at the most cost-effective solution.
What are the regulations?
The regulations apply to the Non-domestic rented sector, they apply to the granting of all leases to new and existing tenants; they do not apply to sales or tenancies of 6 months or less (providing the granting of the tenancy does not mean the tenant will have occupied the property for over 12 months). The regulations apply from 1 April 2018 and are aimed at improving the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings across the rented sector.
The minimum standards is for an ‘E rated’ EPC, ratings of ‘F’ and ‘G’ will not be able to be let as of 01/04/2018 except under ‘PRS exceptional circumstances’
It may be possible that a building with an F or G rating could be let, under the following circumstances; in all of these circumstances the property must be registered on the ‘PRS exemptions register’ by the landlord, along with evidence for the exemption:
- The measures required to improve the property to an E rating have a payback period of more than 7 years (in which case the property must be improved as much as possible with measures that will pay back within 7 years). This is to insure that measures installed are cost effective
- The landlord is unable to obtain the necessary permissions to undertake the improvement works (from local planning, superior landlords or the in-situ tenants). In this instance the Landlord must be able to demonstrate that ‘reasonable efforts’ have been made to obtain such permissions.
- A suitably qualified expert provides written evidence that installing the identified measures required to improve the property to an E rating will reduce the property’s value by 5% or more
Where a tenancy is granted by operation of law, the landlord will have 6 months to comply with the regulations, similarly where a non-compliant property is sold with a tenant in situ, the new landlord will have 6 months to comply with the regulations.
Minimum £5,000 maximum £150,000 fine for non-compliance
From 1st April 2023, the regulations will apply to all tenancies, including where a lease is already in place and occupied
How do I get an EPC + report?
Call us on 01892 300450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will need to survey the building, and we will then provide a draft EPC, which will show the current rating. If the rating is below the required ‘E’, we will then re-simulate the building with different scenarios until the building does achieve a rating of an E or above, thus making it compliant.
This would then be formulated into a report (EPC +) detailing the most cost-effective way of achieving a compliant rating.
Once any improvements have been carried our we will then re-visit the property and lodge the final EPC showing the new and improved rating.
Our prices for the EPC + report start at just £125 + VAT.
Contact us about EPC + Report – Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEEs)