Introduction to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
From April 2016, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the residential and commercial private rented sector.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards dictates that a landlord with an EPC Rating below an E will be required to undertake work to improve the energy performance of their property; otherwise they could face heavy penalties.
These new standards will be phased in over the next five years, moving from targeting new leases to targeting ALL residential and commercial leases.
The earlier landlords act, the more time they will have to ensure their housing stock is up to the required standards, especially in the case of commercial properties where change can take significantly longer to action. An Ideal first step for landlords is to commission an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate, as this will identify the current rating (which may have changed over time), and recommend opportunities for improvement. This is great news for both domestic and non domestic energy assessors, as it could mean they receive more business.
Elmhurst Energy have produced MEES guides and fact sheets for Domestic Energy Assessors and Non Domestic Energy Assessors to use, in order to educate landlords and market their services.
Elmhurst's Operations Director Martyn Reed has commented "the guides and fact sheet are a fantastic tool for energy assessors to use. not only will they educate landlords and letting agents about the imminent Minimum Energy Standards, but they will also give them a reason to use the services provided by their local energy assessor. Hopefully we will continue to roll out fact sheets such as this, to help the energy assessors market themselves within a competitive market".
Moreover the fact sheets can be edited by assessors to include their own contact details when they are visiting landlords/letting agents.
You can read more about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards here or you can download a guide or fact sheet below.