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London

Jones Lang LaSalle’s response to government’s changes to Energy Performance Certificates which come into force today


London, 9 January 2013 - With effect from today, Wednesday 9 January 2013, several changes which have been made by the government relating to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for England and Wales come into force.

Of particular note are the changes to the requirements for the display of certificates in certain commercial buildings over 500 square metres that are frequently visited by the public where an EPC has been previously issued.
 

Phil Overend, associate director with Jones Lang LaSalle, commented: “The government’s changes to the requirements regarding EPCs are very important to the property industry especially as they place new requirements on the occupiers of commercial buildings. 
 
“From today EPCs must be clearly displayed in a large number of commercial buildings frequently visited by the public including retail and leisure premises.  It is the tenant, not the landlord’s, responsibility to ensure this happens for their occupied space.  Landlords may however face similar obligations for common areas under their control. Businesses can ultimately be fined for non-compliance.”
Phil concluded: “We suspect these new procedures may have gone largely unnoticed, particularly by tenants of affected commercial buildings, and we strongly urge everyone to review the Department of Communities and Local Government’s guidance note in respect of these changes.”