Landlords and MEES

What are MEES?

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES)

The recent legislation, effective from April 1st, 2018, pertains to both private rented residential and non-domestic properties. Landlords whose properties are rated F or G on the Energy Performance Certificate will face restrictions during tenancy approval in England & Wales. Nonetheless, landlords maintaining their MEES score above E can offer tenancies without additional obligations, aside from routine regulatory compliance like council tax payments, etc.

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Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

From April 2018 onward, privately rented properties must possess a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’ on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Without meeting this criterion, landlords cannot initiate new tenancies, unless they qualify for an exemption. Breaches of this regulation may result in civil penalties of up to £5000.

This requirement presents notable challenges, especially considering that privately rented accommodations tend to be older and more resistant to energy efficiency improvements. Approximately half a million homes across the UK currently fall short of meeting these standards.

With 10% of privately rented properties failing to meet these criteria, landlords may find themselves facing significant hurdles and potentially substantial expenses.

Since April 2016, private residential landlords have been unable to unreasonably decline a tenant’s request for energy efficiency enhancements if the property is rated F or G (although they may not yet be responsible for covering the costs). Assistance in this regard may be available through ECO4 Funding, contingent upon a survey and the condition of the property in question.

Planning for the Future

Starting April 1st, 2020, all current domestic property leases must meet the stipulation of possessing an EPC rating higher than 'E', or they must hold a valid exemption. Concerning non-domestic properties, compliance with MEES is required by April 2023. These impending deadlines echo the swift approach of the 2018 cut-off, emphasising the necessity of considering the Energy Performance of properties during any renovation or maintenance endeavours. Furthermore, the Government has outlined plans to elevate standards even more, aiming for a band D rating by 2025, followed by a band C rating by 2030.

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How can Multi Serve help?

Our goal is to assist landlords and local authorities in meeting MEES requirements through the implementation of appropriate measures. With our dedicated team of office personnel, sales representatives, and certified installers, we ensure every step is taken correctly to enhance your home’s energy efficiency standards.

How can landlords apply?

Simply fill in the form and select ‘landlord’ in the benefits section and someone from the team will be in touch!

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