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A bite-sized update on the Energy Efficiency Regulations

Edward Glass advises practitioners on preparing their landlord clients

for the minimum energy efficiency standards

22 December 2016

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 became law in March 2015, establishing what have now widely become known as minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES). It is now less than 18 months until the MEES restrictions on letting take their first ‘bite’ in respect of both domestic and non-domestic property.

Despite much commentary on MEES, particularly focusing on how best to prepare, it seems that many commercial landlords have not yet fully engaged with the impact of the regulations. Described in the property press as a ‘green time bomb’, the results of a Bilfinger GVA survey, published in May 2016, revealed that 43 per cent of property companies had still not assessed their exposure to MEES. As the actual restrictions loom closer, it is clear that practitioners should emphasise to clients that the clock is ticking.

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