Landlords of privately owned non-domestic rented properties need to be aware the law changed on 1 April 2023. There is now a requirement for these landlords to obtain at least an EPC E rating, even where there has been no change in tenancy.
The Regulations apply to all non-domestic rented properties that are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If the property has been marketed for sale or let, or modified, in the past 10 years then it will probably be legally required to have an EPC.
If you answer yes to the following 3 questions you must take appropriate steps to comply with the requirements of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations.
Is your property not considered a domestic dwelling? (This would include most commercial and public sector buildings.)
Is your property legally required to have an EPC?
Is the tenancy granted for a ‘term certain’ between 6 months and 99 years?
Further information about the new requirements and how to claim an exemption can be found on gov.uk.