EPC legislation and what it means for tenants
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, commonly known as MEES, were introduced as part of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England & Wales) Regulations 2015 with the intention of raising the energy efficiency standards of privately rented properties and to work towards the UK's legislative targets of lowered CO2 emissions by 2050.
As of the 1st April 2018, there was a requirement introduced under MEES for all properties in the private rented sector to reach a minimum energy efficiency rating of 'E' (or above) as reported on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before a new let - or any extension to an existing let - is agreed.
This means that, as a new or renewing tenant, you must be provided with an EPC certificate that rates the property’s energy efficiency to be at grade E or higher, unless the property is exempt from the regulations. If it is an existing tenancy, the new ruling does not come into effect until 1st April 2020.
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19th July 2017
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