by David Asker
10:10 AM, 14th July 2015, About 6 years ago 10
The Government has recently passed new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) which come into force on 1st April 2016.
These will affect both landlords of both domestic and commercial privately rented property.
The regulations have been introduced as part of the Government’s strategy to meet climate change targets and they will affect both domestic and commercial private rented property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) below an “E” rating.
The ratings go from A (highest) to G. The Government estimates that this affect around 18% of commercial premises.
What do the changes mean to landlords?
Landlords of both commercial and residential property will need to improve the energy efficiencies of their properties to raise them above the minimum “E” rating. And, as you might expect, there will be penalties for non-compliance.
Should the energy performance of the rented property fall below the minimum level of energy efficiency (i.e. below an “E”) a landlord may not:
• Grant a new tenancy or renew an existing tenancy after 1st April 2018
• Continue to let a domestic property after 1st April 2020
• Continue to let a non-domestic private rented property after 1st April 2023
And what do they mean to tenants?
Tenants and prospective tenants should be aware of any work that their landlord may be planning to improve energy efficiency, as this may cause them disruption, and they might end up paying for some of the work under the service charges or their obligations under the lease to repair the property.
Both landlords and tenants would be wise to check the terms of existing leases and consider carefully the drafting of new ones with these regulations in mind.
If you would like to read more on how the regulations will impact on commercial landlords, you might want to read this article by Sarah Brimacombe at Clyde & Co. click here
You can read the Private Rented Property Regulations click here
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