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March 2017 update

The key points of the March 2017 update are summarised below.

Commercial EPCs

New pages on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) have been added to Commercial EPCs.

From April 2018 it will be illegal to provide a new letting or the renewal of a tenancy for commercial or residential properties with an EPC rating lower than E in England and Wales. As well as providing an overview of MEES, the new content also addresses some risks and opportunities for landlords. Look out for more content at a future update.

Disability discrimination in property

A summary of the important case FirstGroup plc v Paulley [2017] UKSC 4 is provided in Disability discrimination in property. See Groups identified under the Act for more about this case, which could have repercussions for all service providers.

Expert evidence and advocacy rules and skills

Guy Fetherstonhaugh has updated Expert evidence and advocacy rules and skills to reflect the new RICS global professional statement on Conflicts of interest. See Conflicts of interest for expert witnesses for more detail.

Health and safety responsibilities

Health and safety responsibilities was updated with mention of the first company to be sentenced since the Sentencing Council's new definitive guideline came into force on 1 February 2016, see the page Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 for more.

Lease renewal case law

Chris Hill has updated the Lease renewal section throughout with new pages listing relevant case law. This section has been merged with the Lease renewal case in point section.

Managing insolvency

Managing insolvency was updated throughout, see in particular Types of insolvency process.

Service charges case law

New cases were added to Service charges case law:

RICS professional guidance and information

Recent RICS publications include:

Professional guidance


See iConsult to comment on the latest RICS professional standards and guidance public consultation drafts.

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