MEES Regulations; As a landlord or tenant of a rented property, the new regulations cannot be ignored.
The Energy Efficiency Regulations were passed by the Government into law in England and Wales and introduced MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) into both the residential and commercial sectors. It has now become illegal to let buildings to a new or existing tenant if the building does not achieve a minimum EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of ‘E’.
Six things you need to know;
1. From the 1st April 2016, the MEES are lawful.
2. In 2016, it was estimated that 20% of commercial properties in England and Wales that require an EPC have a current EPC rating of F or G.
3. From April 2018 – The regulations will be enforced upon the granting of a new lease as well as renewal of existing leases.
4. From April 2023 – The regulations will apply to all privately rented property in scope of the regulations also including whereby a lease is already in place and the property is occupied.
5. From 2025 – The government has advised of their intention to raise the current MEES standards further such that the minimum standard will likely be raised to a D by 2025 and a C rating in 2030.
6. The financial penalty for failing to meet compliance standards could be in the region of £150,000.00.
If you would like further information on the MEES Regulations and how this could affect you, please see below our Key Fact Sheet or get in touch with a member of the AG Team who will be happy to help and offer advice.