Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force on 1 April 2018 and applies to private rented residential and non-domestic property. It is aimed at encouraging landlords and property owners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, by a restriction on the granting and continuation of existing tenancies where the property has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G.
A Quick Guide;
The minimum level of energy efficiency for domestic private rented property in England and Wales is EPC Band E;
- Since 01 April 2018: landlords of domestic properties may not grant a new tenancy or renew an existing tenancy for a property rated EPC F or G (unless an exemption applies). The landlord must improve the rating to minimum of EPC E (or register an exemption if one applies) before letting;
- From 01 April 2020: the minimum level of energy efficiency will apply to all domestic private rented properties covered by the Regulations, even if there has been no change in tenancy. So, from 01 April 2020, landlords may not continue to let properties with an EPC rating of F or G, even to an existing tenant (unless an exemption applies). Landlords are encouraged to take action as soon as possible to ensure their properties meet or exceed EPC E by April 2020.
- If an exemption applies, landlords must register this on the PRS Exemptions Register. Full details of exemptions are set out in the updated Domestic Landlord Guidance – published on 21 March 2019.
Where a landlord fails to comply with the regulations, the local authority will serve a compliance notice and could also impose a financial penalty of up to £5,000 per property, per breach of the regulation.
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