A collection of rural landlords has today called on the Government to clarify the upcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards that are being introduced on the 1st April 2018.
The CLA, representing 30,000 landlords, believes that the Government is running out of time if it is to make what it calls, ‘crucial amendments’ to MEES.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
From next April, it will become illegal to let a property that has an Energy Performance (EPC) rating less than an E.
Boasting a membership providing 40% of all privately let properties in rural areas, the CLA believes the current proposed legislation is unenforceable. This is due to the fact the original plans were proposed as if they were to be supported by the Green Deal, which was abolished in 2015.
As such, the CLA feels there are still unanswered questions as to whether owners of listed or conservation properties will be permitted to comply.
Tim Breitmeyer, deputy president of the CL, said: ‘The industry has repeatedly called on the government to revise the MEES regulations and its failure to make any progress in two years since the Green Deal was scrapped is not good enough.’
‘With less than a year to go and the further delay of the General Election, time looks to be running out,’ he continued.
Mr Breitmeyer feels that one third of the properties due to be impacted by the legislation have been given lower EPC ratings than they deserve. This is due to errors in the assessment process for determining energy efficiency of traditional solid wall buildings.
‘Although the government has recently consulted on fixing these mistakes, we have received no assurances these will be rectified before the April 2018 deadline. We support the principles behind the MEES regulations but there are so many errors, delays and uncertainties that it is almost impossible to advise anyone on how to be proactive and ensure compliance,’ Breitmayer added.
Concluding, he stated: ‘Without the framework in place it is unjustifiable to ask landlords to act on the regulations when so much remains unclear.’