Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards,
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What are the minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES)?
Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, it will be unlawful to let domestic and non-domestic properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G from 1st April 2018.
Who does it affect?
From the 1st April 2018, the minimum energy efficiency standard will apply to landlords / property owners upon the granting of a lease to a new tenant and lease renewals to existing tenants, unless exemptions apply.
1 April 2016
Domestic tenants in properties let under a long term assured or regulated tenancy have the right to request energy efficiency improvments to their properties.
1 April 2018
Private rental propeties must achieve an energy efficiency rating of atleast an E on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will initially only apply upon the granting of a new tenancy to a new or existing tenant.
1 April 2020
ALL private rental properties will be required to meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), and must achieve and energy efficiency rating of E or above.
How to comply?
In order to comply, all properties must meet the minimum energy efficiency standard by undertaking permissible, appropriate and cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to meet the minimum EPC rating of E or above. However, there are safeguards in place that allow restrictions on making improvements.
Are there any penalties?
Fines can be enforced, dependent on the type of infringement and the length of MEES non-compliance.
Domestic Properties: £1,000 - £5,000
Non-Domestic Properties: £5,000 - £150,000
Are there any exemptions?
Landlords can let a building which the MEES Regulations apply to but fall below the minimum standard if the building meets any of the exemption criteria set by the CLG.
E & S Bristol can let you know if you meet these criteria.
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