MEES

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - Domestic

What are the MEES and regulations?

Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, from the 1st April 2018, it is unlawful to let out domestic properties which have an Energy Performance under the Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G after April 2018

Why?

The regulations were put into place to improve energy efficiency of privately rented homes and to meet UK targets of CO2 reduction

Who does it affect and when?

From the 1st April 2018, the regulations will apply to landlords / property owners upon granting a lease to a new tenant, or lease renewals to an existing tenant.

In order to comply, all properties must meet MEES by undertaking permissible, appropriate and cost-effective improvements, unless exempt.

Properties which are let on tenancies of more than 99 years or less than 6 months, and some regulated tenancies such as housing associations will be excluded.

The regulations will apply to all privately rented properties within the scope of the regulations from the 1st April 2020

Are there any exemptions?

Landlords may be exempt when:

  • The property is excluded from having an EPC
  • Improvements are not cost-effective, either within a 7 year payback or under
  • the Green Deal
  • It has been independently verified that improvements may decrease the value of
  • a property by 5% or more

Third party consent cannot be obtained, for example from planning authorities Landlords can lodge exemptions on the PRS Exemptions Register from 2016

What are the penalties?

Fines of up to £5,000 can be enforced, depending on the type of infringement and the length of non-compliance

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - Non Domestic

What are the MEES?

Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, it is unlawful to grant a new lease or tenancy on commercial properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G after April 2018

Why?

The legislation was put into place to meet obligations to improve energy efficiency in inefficient properties under the Energy Act 2011, and to meet UK targets of CO2 reduction

Who does it affect and when?

From the 1st April 2018, MEES regulations will apply to landlords / property owners upon the granting of a lease to a new tenant and lease renewals to existing tenants

In order to comply, all properties must meet MEES by undertaking permissible, appropriate and cost-effective improvements, unless exempt

The regulations will apply to all privately rented properties within the scope of the regulations from the 1st April 2023

Are there any exceptions?

  • Properties which are let on tenancies of more than 99 years and less than 6 months
  • Any properties which have been exempt from having an EPC

What are the exemptions?

  • Improvements are not cost-effective, for example, within a 7 year period
  • Improvements are likely to reduce the value of the property by 5% or more, or in some circumstances, damage the property
  • Third party consent cannot be obtained for the required improvements
  • Exemptions must be registered on the PRS Exemptions Register, which is available from October 2017. Please be aware, exemptions may have associated time constraints

What are the penalties?

Fines of up to £150,000 can be enforced, which are dependent on the type of infringement and the length of non-compliance

Further information for domestic & non domestic MEES guidance can be found at the official government website by clicking here;

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards