Further to my post on minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) quoted below, the Department for Communities and Local Government have now published updated guidance to domestic landlords and energy performance certificates (EPC's) for the marketing, sale and let of dwellings
The guidance is intended to help sellers and landlords to understand their responsibilities for making an EPC available when selling or renting out a building, what buyers or tenants should expect when they begin the process of buying or renting a building and when an EPC is required.
Landlords and homeowners can expect more on energy in the future as the Government continues to implement energy efficiency policies.
From the 1 April 2018 there will be a requirement for any rented commercial and residential property to meet a minimum energy efficiency rating. Properties will need to have a minimum energy performance rating of E. The minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) will apply to new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies from 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption which must be registered.