Landlords must have minimum energy efficiency standards for their properties
As from the 1st April 2018 the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the residential and commercial private rented sector.
The earlier landlords take action, the more time they will have to ensure their housing stock is up to the required standards, especially in the case of commercial properties where change can take significantly longer to action.
Essentially Landlords' properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating below an E will be required to undertake work to improve the energy performance of their property. Those who do not could face heavy penalties.
Already, as of from April 2016, domestic tenants in properties let under a long term assured or regulated tenancy have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties.
Private rental properties must achieve an energy efficiency rating of at least an E on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will initially only apply upon the granting of a new tenancy to a new or existing tenant.
ALL private rental properties will be required to meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), and must achieve and energy efficiency rating of E or above.
An EPC is already required to let or market a property legally, but the new laws around Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards mean that an EPC of rating F and G is not sufficient for compliance. If your property does not meet the minimum standard, you cannot let or market that property within the law, and rent reviews could also be affected.
If a tenant considers that the landlord has not complied with the Energy Efficiency Improvement regulations, they can take the case to a First-tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber.
Moreover, Financial penalties for not meeting MEES in 2018 could be as much as £5000 in the domestic sector.
We are able to take you through the process from an independent assessment through to the installation of appropriate measures to improve the property through the Green Deal Finance mechanism, or other financial mechanisms.
Further information on MEES can be found on the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) website.
Landlords. Do you know the EPC rating of your rental property?
If it’s an F or G the property will probably need some energy saving measures in the near future. The Green Deal is an easy way to become compliant very quickly and with less immediate financial layout than you probably realised.
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