Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
Have you heard about the minimum energy efficiency standard affecting landlords and property owners? Here are the facts...
What is Mees and why it has been introduced?
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which came into force in England and Wales on 1 April 2018, applies to private rented residential and non-domestic property and is aimed at encouraging landlords and property owners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties by a restriction on the granting and continuation of existing tenancies where the property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating of F and G.
How to comply?
In order to comply, all properties must meet the minimum energy efficiency standard by undertaking acceptable, 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.
The Standard applies to any domestic privately rented property legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) let on certain tenancy agreements including Assured Shorthold Tenancies, Regulated Tenancies and Domestic Agricultural Tenancies.
From 1 April 2018, landlord’s properties which fall into the above categories, may not grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants with an EPC rating of F and G and from 1 April 2020 landlords will not be able to continue letting the property.
Where the landlord wishes to continue letting a property which does not meet the Standard he/she will need to ensure that energy efficiency improvements are made meet the minimum E rating. Landlords are not expected finance the cost of improvements but to use third party resources such as Green Deal and Local authority improvement grants.
Domestic Penalty charges and enforcement
Fine of £2,000 and publication of non-compliance
Providing misleading information
Fine of £1,000 and publication of non-compliance
Renting out a non-compliant property for up to 3 months
£2,000 fixed penalty
Renting out a non-compliant property for more than 3 months
£4,000 fixed penalty