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FAQ's

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page!

 

We understand that you may have some queries regarding EPCs and MEES. This section aims to provide you with answers to the most commonly asked questions.

 

If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

What is a EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is intended to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building, so they can consider energy efficiency as part of their investment or business decision to buy or occupy that building.

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When is a EPC required?

An EPC is only required when a building is constructed, sold or rented out

Property Exemptions

You don’t need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you can demonstrate that the building is any of these:

  • listed or officially protected and the minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter it

  • a temporary building only going to be used for 2 years or less

  • used as a place of worship or for other religious activities

  • an industrial site, workshop or non-residential agricultural building that doesn’t use much energy

  • a detached building with a total floor space under 50 square metres

  • due to be demolished by the seller or landlord and they have all the relevant planning and conservation consents

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

(MEES)

From 1st of April 2023, the requirement for non-domestic landlords to obtain at least an EPC E rating, unless they have registered a valid exemption, applies to all privately rented non-domestic properties (even where there has been no change in tenancy).

Financial Implications of MEES

Non-compliance with MEES can result in financial penalties ranging from £5,000 to £150,000, depending on the duration and severity of the breach. Landlords may also face difficulty in leasing or selling non-compliant properties, leading to potential financial loss.

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Types of 

Valid Exemption

  • ‘7 year payback’ exemption

  • ‘All improvements made’ exemption

  • Wall insulation exemption

  • Third-party consent exemption

  • Property devaluation exemption

  • Temporary exemption due to recently becoming a landlord

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