Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for rented properties - What do I need to know?
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.
From 1st April 2018, there will be a requirement 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.
Further to this, from the 1st April 2020, the regulations will be extended to ALL tenancies. This will effectively make it unlawful for a property to be let with an 'F' or 'G' rating (unless there is a relevant exemption applicable - for more information on exemptions click here). The fines imposed for non-compliance can be found here.
Landlords of affected properties are being urged to act now to avoid higher compliance costs involved in bringing properties up to standard, to keep within the law and to ensure properties can continue to be let.
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2nd May 2017
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