Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

What landlords need to know and the good news for landlords using our Management Service…

The remaining provisions of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into force on 1 April 2020.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 established the MEES which set a minimum energy efficiency level for all domestic private rented properties in England and Wales that are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Where this applies, and the property has an EPC rating of F or G, landlords must take appropriate steps to comply with the requirements of the MEES regulations.

When the MEES regulations were first implemented in April 2018, private landlords could not let properties on new tenancies to new or existing tenants if the EPC rating was F or G (unless an exemption applied).

The good news…

The good news for landlords using our Management Service is that in advance of 1 April we had already reviewed our whole portfolio, contacted landlords where their property fell below the new standard and arranged works to bring these properties to at least the minimum E rating. From 1 April therefore, we’re pleased to report that all properties in our managed portfolio comply with these new regulations – so one less thing for our landlord clients to worry about during the Covid-19 outbreak!