What is the minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES)?
The minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) was introduced in March 2015 by the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. The MEES Regulations mean that it will be illegal to newly let domestic and non-domestic properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G after April 2018.
Why has it been introduced?
MEES is a new piece of legislation that comes into effect on the 1st April 2018. It was put into place to meet UK targets of CO2 reduction and to meet requirements to improve energy efficiency in inefficient properties under the Energy Act 2011.
It's important to remember that these minimum standards are likely to go up in the future. Speak to our team on 01759 377 234 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help to future-proof your property against potential changes to legislation.
Who does it affect?
MEES will apply to landlord property owners upon leasing out the property to a new tenant and leasing renewals to existing tenants, unless exemptions apply. (Please see exemptions section)
How to comply?
To comply, all properties must meet MEES regulations by undertaking suitable and cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to meet the minimum EPC rating E or above.
What happens if you don’t comply with the legislation?
The MEES Regulations will be enforced by Local Weights and Measures Authorities (LWMAs). Your property cannot legally be let, and LWMAs will have powers to impose civil penalties which are set by reference to the property's rateable value, dependent on the type of infringement and the length of MEES non-compliance.
|Domestic Properties||Non Domestic Properties|
|£1,000 - £5,000 Fine||£5,000 - £150,000 Fine|
Landlords could be exempt from MEES when:
- Improvements are not cost-effective
- If the improvements may decrease the value of the property by 5% or more
- If the improvements will damage the property
- If third party consent for the improvements cannot be obtained from persons such as a tenant, a superior landlord or planning authorities with which the landlord cannot reasonably comply.
Are there any rights for tenants?
Tenants reserve the right to request reasonable and cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to the property they’re renting, which landlords cannot unreasonably refuse consent, but they’re protected against unrealistic requests. Tenants may take the matter further with the First-Tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber, if they feel a landlord is in breach of MEES.
Things to remember:
Your property cannot legally be let again without an EPC
EPC may need reassessing due to improved building regulations, which may have decreased previous ratings
A minimum EPC rating of E must be achieved by April 2018
What to do?
We offer all our customers, regardless of whether you have a single building or large portfolio of properties, a dedicated account manager, who will give you regular updates and professional advice. Our team of experienced assessors are ready and waiting to create not only your commercial EPC but also its accompanying report and recommendations on how to both improve ratings and make energy savings.
Please speak to our team on 01759 377 234 or email us at email@example.com for further advice.