Non-domestic private rented property: minimum energy efficiency standard - landlord guidance

Guidance to landlords of privately rented non-domestic property on complying with the 2018 ‘Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency’ standard (EPC band E).


Non-domestic property: guidance for landlords

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This page is about non-domestic private rented properties. There’s different guidance for landlords of domestic private rented properties.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales.

Requirements in force from 1 April 2018

This means that, from 1 April 2018, landlords of privately rented property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants.

These requirements will apply to all private rented properties in England and Wales, even where there has been no change in tenancy arrangements from 1 April 2023 for non-domestic properties.

The National PRS Exemptions Register

If a landlord believes that an EPC F or G rated property they let qualifies for an exemption from the minimum energy efficiency standard, that exemption must be registered on the PRS Exemptions Register – a self-certification database.

Detailed information on exemptions criteria is set out in the published guidance. A summary of exemptions types and the evidence requirements is also available.

Assisted digital to register an exemption

If Assisted Digital support is required to register an exemption please get in touch by email or call the digital helpline on 0333 234 3422.

The Assisted Digital service provides digital support in lodging an exemption on the register, but it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that their property meets the eligibility criteria for an exemption. The service is not able to provide advice on whether individual properties meet the criteria for an exemption.

Members of the public can:

Legal disclaimer

Please note that BEIS cannot provide legal advice or a definitive interpretation of the law, as this is a matter for the courts. If you have questions that aren’t covered here, you will need to seek independent legal advice.

Published 13 August 2019
Last updated 15 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. We've added a link to the consultation: Non-domestic Private Rented Sector minimum energy efficiency standards: future trajectory to 2030.

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