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Energy Act 2011

Non-domestic energy efficiency improvements regulations
Section 49: Non-domestic energy efficiency regulations

139.This section is very similar to section 43 in that it requires the Secretary of State to make regulations for the purpose of ensuring that a landlord of a non domestic property of a type specified in the regulations does not let that property until the landlord has undertaken relevant energy efficiency improvements. It is a provision which applies to the non-domestic sector in a way which section 43 applies to the domestic sector. Accordingly, the discussion of the provisions of section 43 above apply to section 49.

Section 50: Further provision about non-domestic energy efficiency regulations

140.This section is materially identical to section 44 and therefore the discussion of the provisions of that section should be read here.

Section 51: Sanctions for the purposes of non-domestic energy efficiency regulations

141.This section enables the Secretary of State to make provision for the purpose of securing that landlords comply with the requirements imposed on them under non-domestic energy efficiency regulations. Subsection (2) provides that provision may be made enabling (i) a local weights and measures authority to enforce any requirement imposed by or under the regulations applying to landlords of non domestic properties; (ii) sanctions to be imposed for non compliance with any requirements imposed by or under the regulations and also for sanctions to imposed for the provision of false information. The section also makes clear that non compliance may be enforced by the imposition of a civil penalty by a local weights and measures authority.

142.Subsections (3) to (7) provide more detailed provision about a right of appeal to a court or tribunal against the imposition of a civil penalty.

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