Commercial Energy Efficiency Milton Keynes, Rugby & Surrounding Counties
U-Value offer a wide variety of commercial energy efficiency optimisation solutions for non domestic properties and property portfolios within the Milton Keynes area and the surrounding counties. We ensure your property or property portfolio receives the necessary EPC improvements to receive the required non domestic energy performance certificate to comply with he latest government regulations on Minimum energy performance standards for rentable properties.
Under the 2011 Energy Act, Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPs) apply to all non-domestic properties meeting the following criteria:
* Privately rented properties in England and Wales
* Property let on a tenancy
* Property let for more than 6 months or less than 99 years
From the 1st April 2018 it will be illegal to grant a new lease on any non-domestic property not meeting the new standards. The commercial minimum energy performance rating will be E.
Any commercial properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F or G will be illegal to re-let.
The definition of a “new lease” includes:
* A new letting to a new tenant
* A new fixed term lease to a current tenant
* A fixed term tenancy to a current tenant becoming a statutory periodic tenancy
From 1st April 2023 the legislation will apply to any let non-domestic property.
This legislation can apply to properties let on leases governed by:
* The Landlord and Tenant Act (1954)
* The Agricultural Holdings Act (1986)
* The Agricultural Tenancies Act (1995)
* A range of other Tenancies governed by common law
Whether the property is a shop, warehouse, office, restaurant, gym, or any other non-domestic property – the rules apply.
Penalties for ignoring the law are costly. Renting out non-compliant property or providing false information to the register are infringements. Fines start at £5,000, rise to £150,000 per offence and can be cumulative if there is more than one violation.
There are certain circumstances where carrying out work is not required and exemptions may be available. Exceptions apply for certain cases. Leases of less than 6 months or more than 99 years. Property already excluded from existing Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) legislation, including listed buildings. Works will not be required if they do not meet the ‘Golden Rule’ (that savings on energy bills will pay for the works). In our experience, the number of properties where exemptions apply are limited. In most cases there will be cost effective measures to improve commercial energy efficiency.
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