How to Avoid Making a Mess of MEES

Are you ready for – or working towards – the MEES deadline in April 2018?

MEES house image by Mmaxer (via Shutterstock).

Are you ready? The deadline for MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) compliance is getting closer.  Image by Mmaxer (via Shutterstock).

For tenants and landlords, energy efficiency makes for good economic sense. Tenants can benefit from lower utility bills, meaning fewer trips to the meter or lower itemised bills. Landlords can benefit from more efficient appliances and cheaper maintenance costs. From the start of April 2018, private landlords will be expected to comply with MEES ratings. In other words, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

What is MEES?

MEES – or Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in its longhand form – compels domestic and non-domestic landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. All properties will need to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate Rating of ‘E’ or better. You also see EPC ratings on stickers, stuck on electrical appliances.

With privately rented properties, EPC ratings are a profound issue. Privately rented homes, according to government statistics, amassed the highest proportion of F and G EPC ratings.

Does this apply to new and existing tenants?

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – as detailed in The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 – will apply to new and existing tenants, initially new tenants. By 2023, all private rented property tenants shall benefit, irrespective of tenancy agreements.

Are there any exemptions?

If the landlord needs an exemption, should their property or properties be F or G EPC rated, they will need to sign the PRS Exemptions Register. This is being piloted and the register will be made available from the 01 October 2017.

For further information on MEES, the UK Government have published The Non-Domestic Private Rented Property Minimum Standard – Landlord Guidance. This offers an easy-to-digest guide on the proposals.

EPC Yorkshire, 13 April 2017.

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