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MEES non-domestic rentals – reminder

The MEES regulations are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties in England and Wales and the Regs establish a minimum standard of EPC band E for domestic and non-domestic private rented property, affecting new tenancies and renewals since 1 April 2018.

This means that Ls must ensure that their properties reach at least an EPC rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing Ts.

The government’s guidance to Ls of non-domestic property remains unchanged. Note that the requirements will apply to all private rented properties in England and Wales even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements from 1 April 2023 for non-domestic properties. The minimum level of energy efficiency provisions will mean that, subject to certain requirements and exemptions:

  1. from 1 April 2018, landlords of non-domestic private rented properties (including public sector landlords) may not grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants if their property has an EPC rating of band F or G (shown on a valid EPC for the property);
  2. from 1 April 2023, landlords must not continue letting a non-domestic property which is already let if that property has an EPC rating of band F or G.

For the non-domestic guidance see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/656541/Non-Dom_Private_Rented_Property_Minimum_Standard_-_Landlord_Guidance.pdf.

 

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