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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