In the UK it is now law that every commercial property for sale or to rent must have a valid EPC. A building that has just finished being constructed and where changes to the number of parts used for separate occupation and these changes involve providing or extending fixed heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation systems are also required to have a commercial EPC
Since April 2018 it has been unlawful to grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants for a residential or commercial property with an EPC rating of an F or G unless an exemption has been granted, and for residential property, since April 2020 the rules applied to all new and exisiting tenancies. This has meant that only properties achieving an EPC rating of an A to E are legally allowed to be let out.
Known as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) it applies to all buildings that legally require an EPC. It does not apply to lettings less than 6 months or to lettings of 99 years or more.
The best place to start to look at what energy efficiency improvements should be undertaken is in the EPC report. The EPC will list recommendations which should improve the energy efficiency of your property. It will include both a short list of top actions you can take, and a more detailed list further down setting out all recommended measures. If after implementing all the recommended improvements the property's EPC rating is still not at the required E rating, you may apply for an exemption on the grounds that ‘all relevant improvements have been made and the property remains below an E’.
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