Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
Mon, Nov 11, 2019
Landlords – are you ready for the next important deadline in Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations?
From April 2018 landlords were required to ensure that any properties new to the rental market, and those undergoing a tenancy renewal, achieved an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least an ‘E’.
From April 2020, however, all rental properties, including those with tenancies already in place, must show an EPC rating of E or above (some exemptions apply).
It’s been estimated that as many as 96% of landlords are unaware of this impending legislation, which could end up being a costly oversight, as failure to comply could result in fines of up to £5,000.
We have spent the past 18 months getting all of our landlord's properties up to the minimum standard and supporting applications for exemptions in line with the new legislation.
With the deadline only months away, it’s important to act now if any of your properties require an efficiency upgrade. As it looms closer still, contractors are likely to be in high demand, so don’t leave it until the last minute.
It’s worth remembering that one of the key purposes of the legislation is to reduce the impact on the environment of properties with poor energy efficiency. Low-rated properties will also be costly for tenants to run and could, in the long term, attract additional maintenance costs where lack of adequate heating and insulation cause problems with mould and mildew.
To learn more about our fully managed property management service click here or talk to our team on 0330 22 11 222
An important part of our role is to keep you up to date with property-related legislation and ensure your property is fully compliant, arranging necessary works on your behalf by agreement.