It’s Coming – The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations come into effect on 1st April 2018 – ARE YOU READY!
As from 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) to have a minimum Energy Performance Rating of E on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
Where at any time on or after 1st April 2018 a landlord lets a privately rented property which is F or G rated on a current EPC then energy efficiency improvements must be carried out to bring the property up to at least an E rating before the property is rented out, unless the landlord qualifies for an exemption, an exemption is registered on the Public Exemptions Register. Exemptions are complex but almost always assume that some improvement work has been carried out.
There are several ways in which you will be classed as letting a property for these purposes:
The requirement to have an EPC in not just looked at in respect of the property itself which is being let out. It also applies where there has been requirement for the building, of which the property being let is part, to also have an EPC. This is particularly relevant to non-self-contained units such as bedsits.
It should be noted that if the letting is not legally an Assured Tenancy (Shorthold or not), or one of the other tenancy types within the scope of the regulations, then the minimum energy efficiency standard does not apply.
These rules regarding new tenancies are ongoing from 1st April 2018 onwards but, additionally, as from 1st April 2020 they will apply to continuing tenancies which are already in existence on that date. They will then apply on an ongoing basis to continuing tenancies which have a current EPC, if there is a legal requirement for the property to have an EPC.
If you are a landlord and have a property that does not meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), we are here to help. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information visit the Government’s website