Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and Why You Need To Care


It's not just about saving energy

It might sound innocuous, but from 1st April 2018 it will be unlawful to grant new leases or renew existing ones of residential or commercial property with an EPC rating of less than E unless it is registered as an exemption.

From April 2023 it will apply to all existing commercial leases.

If the property is not brought up to a sufficient rating by the landlord carrying out works, they will face a minimum penalty of £5,000, and a maximum of £150,000.

Bear in mind this will also apply to any tenants wanting to sublet their lease when their circumstances change.

This could have a significant impact on rent negotiations, not only for new leases, but also tenants coming up to break clauses or lease renewal.  They may be occupying a property that is an F or G rating, and use that to their advantage in negotiations.


If you are not up to speed with the regulations, whether as a landlord or tenant, and need some help to work out your strategy, please contact us.


Driving a Hard Bargain
Think back to your first driving lesson – you didn’t have a clue what you were doing, making lots of mistakes and needing guidance from your Driving Instructor.  (Well, I certainly did!)  20 years later, and driving comes naturally now. You’re not fazed by difficult junctions, and can adapt your driving depending on whether you are on a motorway or a country lane.  We all need help when we don’t have experience, and that applies just as much to negotiating a lease as it does to learning to drive.  In those early driving lessons, did you get the best out of the car, or was it a bit stop/start, judder, stall? To get the best out of your lease, you need experience.  Someone who has been negotiating leases on behalf of landlords and tenants for over 20 years, who can get you the best deal.  Whether you want an “old banger” of a cheap industrial unit, or a “luxury model” of a shop in a city centre, I can drive a hard bargain on your behalf.

If you value professional advice and would like someone to help you on your property journey, give me a call on 01462 820092 or email
Keeping Property Costs Low - Top Ten Tips
Meeting potential clients is a great part of my job, and depending on what their property issue is, we usually discuss some or all of the tips below.  By following these you can ensure your property costs are as low as possible, making sure your business is sustainable
  1. Ask for a RENT FREE PERIOD before signing a lease.  This is common practice, and the longer the lease, usually the longer the rent free period granted.
  2. Before signing a lease, NEGOTIATE THE RENT.  Rent that you pay will be used as evidence against other businesses when they have a rent review or lease renewal, and vice versa.  The more that tenants negotiate the better it is for all businesses in keeping rents down. 
  3. RENT REVIEW:  If the landlord gives you notice that he is putting the rent up, NEGOTIATE.  Research other rents in the locality, and look at whether your premises or your lease has any disadvantages compared with the other units.  Is your sales floor split level?  Is your lease longer than the standard? These are just some of the aspects that could reduce your rent. 
  4. LEASE RENEWAL:  You may be able to REDUCE YOUR RENT if you renew your lease.  Like rent reviews, you need to look at what comparable rents are, but on a lease renewal your rent can go down as well as up. 
  5. BUSINESS RATES:  Look at the possibility of appealing.  Be careful though as rates can be revised upwards as well as downwards.  Are you getting any small business rates relief you are entitled to?
  6. SERVICE CHARGE:  What does it cover, and will you benefit from those services?  If not try to get those excluded from your lease.  Is the building already in a poor condition?  If so you should agree a cap on the service charge provision.  This way you know your service charge will be a fixed maximum amount. 
  7. BUILDINGS INSURANCE:  Are you responsible for organising this or does your landlord? Has he billed you correctly?   Ensure you are only paying for the right amount as per the lease. 
  8. REPAIR COSTS:  Have you factored in costs for repairing the building?  You may be taking on responsibility for putting the property into good repair and this could include major works, such as repairing the roof.  Agree a Schedule of Condition with the lease as this limits your liability.  A small outlay could save you thousands of pounds at the end of the lease.
  9. DILAPIDATIONS:   At the end of the lease you may be served with a Schedule of Dilapidations.  Check this – does it accord with the lease provisions?   Are the costs reasonable?  A dilapidations claim can be reduced significantly, so you should always seek advice. 
  10. BREAK CLAUSES:  Many tenants agree break clauses in their leases, but they can be notoriously difficult to use to break the lease.  DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU.  Make sure that you get expert advice on what the break clause conditions should be and get those agreed before signing the lease.
KTD Surveying have the experience to help you with your property costs.  A small outlay for professional advice will give you peace of mind and could save you thousands of pounds in future liabilities.  Contact us to find out how we can help you.