Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

In April 2016, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 brought into force Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the residential and commercial Private Rented Sector (PRS). These standards apply to properties in England and Wales.

Landlords must act to ensure that their housing stock is up to the required standards, especially in the case of commercial properties where change can take significantly longer to action.

From April 2018, domestic and non-domestic private rented properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an 'E' will require some energy efficiency improvements. Should Landlords fail to comply, they could face some  heavy financial penalties. Landlords and their agents if unsure of where they stand should start by commissioning an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate which will identify the current rating (which may have changed over time), and recommend opportunities for improvement.

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Domestic MEES Guide

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MEES Training for Energy Assessors

We provide specialist CPD courses which cover the topic of MEES for those involved in property energy assessment. This specialist training session is designed to help energy assessors get to grips with MEES legislation, and understand the opportunities it can present for those involved in energy assessment.

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Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

As energy assessors will know, an EPC is already required to let or market a property legally, but the new laws introduced as a result of MEES in the Private Rented Sector mean that from April 2018, a property with an EPC rating of 'F' or 'G' will be deemed non compliant and cannot be let within the law. Moreover, landlords with these properties could face financial penalties of up to £5000 for not meeting the minimum standards.

Energy Assessors can help Landlords by comissioning an up to date EPC which will determine the energy efficiency of their existing housing stock. The recommendations from the EPC can also help to clarify potential improvement measures.

Domestic building

Key Dates for MEES in England and Wales - Domestic

The key dates below underline when the regulations are being enforced, with the regulation scope expanding over a 5 year period from 2018-2023.

1st April 2016

ALL domestic tenants have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties. This applies to domestic properties let under longer term assured and regulated tenancies. Landlords will be unable to refuse consent to a tenants request to make energy efficiency improvements.

1st April 2018

It is unlawful to grant new leases for residential or commercial property with an EPC rating below an 'E'.

1st April 2019

Where third party funding (ECO, Green Deal, grants etc) is unavailable, domestic landlords must use their own funding to cover the cost of improving their property to EPC band E. This requirement is subject to a spending cap of £3,500 (inclusive of VAT) for each property. The Government's guidance for domestic landlords and local authorities is available to view here >

1st April 2020

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

Non-Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Landlords in the non-domestic/commercial private rented sector will need to act quickly to ensure their properties comply with MEES as energy efficiency improvements to larger commercial properties could take some time to install. As of 2018 the MEES regulations only apply to the granting of a new lease as well as a lease renewal, however, the scope of MEES will expand further in 2023 to include existing leases.

In 2019 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published The ‘Future Trajectory to 2030’ consultation, which proposed a minimum C or B EPC rating by 2030, with suggestions of incremental improvements to reach the preferred rating of B.

Energy Assessors should encourage landlords to get an up to date EPC as soon as possible to determine the energy efficiency of their existing properties. The cost of non-compliance is significantly higher for non-domestic landlords as it is linked to the rateable value of the property- which means it could be as much as £150,000.

Non-Domestic Building

Key Dates for MEES in England and Wales - Non-Domestic

The key dates below underline when the regulations are being enforced, with the regulation scope expanding over a 5 year period from 2018-2023.

1st April 2018

It is unlawful to grant new leases for residential or commercial property with an EPC rating below an 'E'.

1st April 2023

The Non-domestic MEES regulations will be extended to include ALL existing commercial leases.

1st April 2027 (Proposed)

That all non-domestic privately rented buildings achieve a minimum of energy efficiency standards of EPC Band C.

1st April 2030

That all non-domestic privately rented buildings achieve a minimum energy efficiency standards of EPC Band B.

MEES Training for Energy Assessors

We provide specialist CPD courses which cover the topic of MEES for those involved in property energy assessment. This specialist training session is designed to help energy assessors get to grips with MEES legislation, and understand the opportunities it can present for those involved in energy assessment.

DOMESTIC MEES TRAINING >

NON-DOMESTIC MEES TRAINING >

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