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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The requirements to obtain an EPC before a property is sold or let can be difficult to satisfy when social distancing measures apply. EPC assessments should only be conducted in accordance with government advice on home moving during the coronavirus outbreak and where the EPC assessment can be conducted safely—see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property — EPCs and social distancing.
This Practice Note considers the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for the domestic private rented sector that have come from the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES Regs 2015), SI 2015/962. It focuses on the obligations for domestic properties in relation to the requirements concerning landlord’s consent for tenant’s energy efficiency improvements. It is part of our series of Practice Notes on MEES.
As around one in ten domestic properties are in the very lowest energy performance certificate (EPC) bands (‘F’ or ‘G’), the government created provisions, at sections 42–51 in the Energy Act 2011 (EnA 2011), to ensure energy efficiency standards for domestic and non-domestic buildings are of a certain level, and to reduce the number of domestic properties in fuel poverty. See Practice Note: Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the private rented sector—snapshot.
Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES Regs 2015), SI 2015/962 made under
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Entrapment There is no defence of entrapment in English law but it is considered to be an abuse of the process of the court for state agents to lure a person into committing illegal acts and then seek to prosecute him for doing so. The House of Lords said that, although entrapment is not a
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Enforcing a warrant of controlThis Practice Note has been produced by enforcement specialists, The Sheriffs Office. It guides users through the process of enforcing a warrant of control obtained from the County Court as a method of enforcing a money judgment; whereby the judgment creditor takes
Discharge by frustrationCoronavirus (COVID-19): In addition to the below content on force majeure generally, see also:•Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit—Contracts•Coronavirus (COVID-19) and contractual obligations—checklisttogether with the Q&A (in the related content pod on the right hand side) for
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