Tom Lumsden, a partner at CooperBurnett LLP, explains how recent changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations affect care home owners
On 1 April it became unlawful for a landlord to continue to let a ‘sub-standard’ commercial property.
Care home operators will be aware of the requirement for commercial properties to have Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The MEES regulation changes define a sub-standard property as one with an EPC of F or G. It is therefore essential that all owners of commercial properties should review the regulations by taking professional advice from a suitably qualified consultant who is familiar with the MEES regulations and the provision of EPC assessments on commercial properties.
These new regulations apply to all nondomestic private rented properties (these are separate from the MEES rules that apply to dwellings let under assured or regulated tenancies).
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