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Government publishes property energy efficiency guidelines for rented properties

27 February 2017

Guidance for the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 has been published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This provides guidance for compliance with the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) and is intended to assist landlords and property owners to prepare for compliancy next year.

Continuing discussion over the details of the original 2015 regulation has seen a number of drafts prior to publication of the final document.

The guidance confirms that both domestic and commercial property will require Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) with a minimum rating of E before they are let.

It also states that penalties will apply for those not registering a valid EPC when a building is sold, let or modified.

There are no requirements to obtain an EPC or comply with MEES for buildings which are exempt or do not require EPCs.

Where EPCs apply to both entire buildings and demised spaces, those for the latter will be deemed to be the relevant certificate.

Advice on compliancy for listed buildings is also included in the document, which states that property owners are required to seek advice for each facility to discuss whether the character of appearance of the building would be altered by upgrading the fabric or installing the technology to comply.

There will be no requirement for properties covered by the legislation to comply with MEES if the EPC expires during the tenancy with no requirement to renew it.

The BEIS will launch the PRS Exemption Register on 1 April, including details of non-compliance, and will be available for public viewing.

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