Energy efficiency standards have fallen in almost one-fifth of commercial properties ahead of major new legislation arriving in April. A Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) will take effect as of 1st April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. These new rules will prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below band ‘E’. But less than two months ahead of the deadline, evidence shows that many properties are still not complaint with MEES. Research carried out by real estate software provider arbnco shows that 17.7% of the 3,620 buildings registered on the company’s estates platform achieved a lower Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. Nearly 15% of the properties are now rated ‘F’ or ‘G’, deeming them ‘sub-standard’. One in ten (11%) of E ratings dropped to the lower bands over a 12-month period.
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