Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – MEES

From 1st April 2018 private Non Domestic (and Domestic) Landlords in England and Wales letting or renewing leases will need to ensure that their properties reach at least an ‘E’ Rated EPC unless certain exemptions apply.

Coles Knapp’s sister firm MEES Solutions have the capability to assess and benchmark large portfolios quickly. They can also quality assess existing EPCs and offer advice on their inputs, reliance on defaults, rating if re-lodged now and suitability for MEES Compliance to quickly assess your exposure and liability. See www.meessolutions.co.uk for more details

Highly experienced assessors mean more accurate EPCS, and accurate modelling is vital for MEES as in some cases achieving an ‘E’ Rating or better may be as simple as obtaining more detailed information on your building or services.

 

The Non Domestic regulations in outline

  • From 1 April 2018, a landlord will have to bring a sub-standard building up to an ‘E’ EPC rating or better before a new lease is granted (includes some lease renewals).
  • By 1 April 2023, properties on existing leases that have an F or G rated EPC must be brought up to  standard.
  • Leases of a fixed length under six months and leases of 99 years or longer are excluded.
  • There are some exemptions, such as a landlord is unable to obtain consents needed for the works – but these must be renewed every 5 years.
  • Only energy efficiency measures specified in the regulations must carried out and only if they pass a seven year payback test.
  • A register will be set up for non compliant properties listing any exemptions.
  • If all ‘relevant improvements’ are carried out a property will comply, but must register and compliance will only last 5 years.
  • There are fines for non-compliance ranging from £5,000 to £150,000

 

The Domestic regulations in outline

  • From 1 April 2016, a landlord cannot reasonably refuse a tenants request for energy efficiency improvements if they have no upfront cost (with some exceptions).
  • From 1 April 2018, a landlord will have to bring a sub-standard dwelling up to an ‘E’ EPC rating or better before a new lease is granted (includes lease renewals).
  • By 1 April 2020, properties on existing leases that have an F or G rated EPC must be brought up to  standard.
  • There are some exemptions for ‘unable to obtain consent’ etc.
  • There must be no upfront cost to a landlord for any improvements, though this is under review.
  • A register will be set up for non compliant properties listing any exemptions.
  • If all ‘relevant improvements’ are carried out a property will comply, but must register and compliance will only last 5 years.
  • There are fines for non-compliance ranging from £1,000 to £5,000

 

Read more on MEES at our blog here

For expert, down to earth advice on MEES and how they might affect your properties contact us on 0330 024 1755 or by clicking here .