The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 mean that, from April 2018, private non-domestic (and domestic) landlords must ensure that properties they rent in England and Wales reach at least an EPC rating of E before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants.
These new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards will apply to both the domestic and non-domestic properties, meaning that whether a landlord is letting out a commercial property or a house to a tenant, it could be unlawful to do if the building does not meet these new minimum EPC requirements.
The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020.
Potential issues could arise after 1 April 2018 when trying to let a house/flat or renew a commercial lease with an EPC rating worse than an E.
From 1st April 2020, the Minimum Energy Efficiency requirement will apply to continuing tenancies where there is a valid current EPC for the property, and an EPC is legally required to be in place.