Great news for all private rented tenants in England and Wales

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are now being enforced from Easter Sunday (1st April) when renting out homes and commercial premises in England and Wales. This is fantastic news for tenants, and is the first real policy in line with the Government’s ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ published in Autumn 2017.

Elmhurst has published many news articles covering MEES since before it was made law in April 2016. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 introduced MEES in the residential and commercial private rented sector.

Since then Landlord have come to understand the consequences of this policy on their property portfolios. Essentially Landlords with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating below an E will be required to undertake work to improve the energy performance of the property; those who do not will now face heavy penalties.

There are some exemptions routes available to Landlords, however, careful consideration is required. Moreover, these routes are likely to change come April 2019, as the Government aims to force as many homes and businesses as possible to meet the minimum requirements.

Important dates:

1 April 2018

It will be unlawful to grant new leases of residential or commercial property with an EPC rating below an 'E'

1 April 2020

The regulation will expand to apply to ALL residential privately rented property which are required to have an EPC.

1 April 2023

This will be further extended to include ALL existing commercial leases.

Stuart Fairlie – Technical Director of Elmhurst Energy, comments:

“This week is a watershed moment for private rented homes and businesses premises in England and Wales. The poorest and least energy efficient properties must be improved before they can be legally re-leased. Some of the worst performing properties in England and Wales are in the private rented sector, and the Government have acted. By improving the energy efficiency of these properties the tenants can live and operate in warmer, and cheaper to run homes and businesses. Savvy landlords have already addressed their portfolios; those that haven’t risk large fines.

We at Elmhurst advocate that all private landlords get hold of their latest EPC, if they fall into E, F or G band, speak to an energy assessor and obtain independent guidance on what to do next to meet the new standards.”

For further guidance on MEES -

Editors Note: these standards only apply to private rented properties (homes and commercial premises) in England and Wales. Scotland is preparing to release its policy shortly for privately rented properties.

Article Published: 3rd April 2018

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