Although the first phase of the Government’s new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for private rental properties was introduced back in April, our research revealed that an astonishingly low number of landlords understood their MEES responsibilities.
To help landlords, and their tenants, understand their MEES responsibilities, energy performance assessment specialist Elmhurst Energy has updated its guidance on the new regulations. We remind all landlords and letting agents to stay up to date on changes to all lettings laws.
Introduced by the Government to improve the quality of private rental properties and reduce the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, phase one of the MEES became effective from 1st April 2018. It is now illegal for landlords to grant new leases (even to existing tenants) on properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below E. If you do not comply, you could face a fine of £5,000.
By April 2020, the MEES regulations will extend to all private rental properties and to all existing commercial leases by 2023.
It is also expected that the minimum standard could be raised to a D by 2025 and to C by 2030.
To help landlords understand their MEES responsibilities as the regulations are rolled out, Elmhurst Energy has updated its Guide to Energy Efficiency in the Private Rental Sector, with information for landlords and tenants on the new rules, landlords’ obligations and how to ensure that all housing stock complies.
Martyn Reed, the Managing Director of Elmhurst, says: “Landlords and their agents should act now by commissioning an up-to-date EPC, which will identify the current rating, which may have changed over time, and recommended opportunities for improvement.
“Our guidance will help landlords understand exactly what will be required of them over the next five years and what they can do right away to ensure compliance.”
Elmhurst also provides a Basic Understanding of MEES training course for domestic and non-domestic landlords in the private rental sector. The two-hour session provides an overview of the MEES, funding opportunities and some explanation of the improvement measures available.
To find out more and to download the helpful guide, visit www.elmhurstenergy.co.uk.