Author: Deborah Caldwell, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate, London
In February 2015, we reported on Regulations introduced by the Government to prohibit the letting of commercial properties in England and Wales rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificates ("EPC"s) (see our blog post here). With some exceptions, these Regulations, known as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard ("MEES"), affect the majority of commercial leases. The Regulations will come into force from 1 April 2018 for new leases (including lease renewals) and 1 April 2023 for all leases. "Sub-standard properties" is the new label that will attach to properties with an energy efficiency rating below E.
There are two recent developments for landlords to be aware of:
- Government guidance on the MEES Regulations has recently been published; and
- The opening date for the centralised self-certification register known as the PRS Exemptions Register ("PER") has been delayed.