New rules coming into force in April will compel landlords of commercial and residential properties to ensure their buildings have an EPC rating of at least an E.

This means all new lettings – whether commercial or domestic – must meet at least an E rating by April 2018.

These regulations will encompass all privately rented property by April 2020 and commercial premises by 2023 even where a lease is already in place or the premises are occupied.

It is key to act now. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £150,000.

If you have a property with an EPC of F or G – and it is estimated 20% of non-domestic properties in England and Wales fall into this category – you need to act urgently to beat the April 2018 deadline.

Commercial property landlords and those with residential lettings will be unable to grant a lease for premises that fall below an E, unless they have carried out all cost-effective works to improve energy efficiency or if an exemption applies.

MEES – minimum energy efficiency standards are designed to improve energy efficiency amongst the least energy efficient properties and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt have an experienced energy assessor, Daren Venning, who can advise on compliance and can arrange a comprehensive assessment to ensure your property does not fall foul of the new rules.

He is also a qualified asbestos and legionella assessor so can help with these matters too. For more information please call 01823 334455.