Your property's EPC (energy performance certificate) needs to be available to potential buyers as soon as you start to market your property for sale or rent. This will inform people how energy efficient the property is.
You must get an approved / accredited commercial building inspector to produce the EPC, which provides information about a property’s energy use.
Failure to have a valid EPC may result in a fine.
If you implement any of the energy efficiency recommendations outlined in your EPC, you may wish to get a fresh EPC done to include these improvements.
In 2016, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 established the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the residential and commercial private rented sector.
From 1st April 2018, phase one of the MEES regulations came into force which has big implications for landlords of private rented property. As a result of this, it is now deemed unlawful to let properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an 'E' rating.