The Government Issues Guidance on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now issued guidance for complying with the 2018 minimum level of energy efficiency standard to landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic properties.
The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 establishes a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented properties in England and Wales, and from April 2018 landlords must ensure that their properties reach an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating of 'E' before granting a new tenancy.
Elmhurst welcomes the guidance which should help landlords meet their regulatory requirements. Elmhurst will continue to update members (energy assessors) with all the necessary details that they need to help landlords on this journey to improve their properties.
Our advice has been simple, Landlords need to understand what EPC rating their property is, and if it is ‘F’ or ‘G’ then they need to seek advice on how to get that property to ‘E’ or above. Landlords need to speak to an energy assessor and get some good pragmatic advice on the best way forward. Each building is unique and so they need to utilise the asset rating which is the EPC, and put together a plan to make the property meet the legislation. The 1st April 2018 will soon come around, and sensible landlords are already understanding their EPCs and making informed choices.
Link to Official Government Guidance:
Link to MEES Guidance including handy fact sheets from Elmhurst: