What is the minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES)?

Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, it will be unlawful to let domestic and non-domestic properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G from April 2018.

Why has it been introduced?

The legislation was put into place to meet obligations to improve energy efficiency in inefficient properties under the Energy Act 2011, and to meet UK targets of CO2reduction.

Who does it affect?

From the 1st April 2018, the minimum energy efficiency standard will apply to landlords/property owners upon the granting of a lease to a new tenant and lease renewals to existing tenants, unless exemptions apply.

How to comply?

In order to comply, all properties must meet the minimum energy efficiency standard by undertaking permissible, appropriate and cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to meet the minimum EPC rating of E or above. However, there are safeguards in place that allow restrictions on making improvements.

What are the penalties?

Fines can be enforced, dependent on the type of infringement and the length of MEES non-compliance.

Non Domestic Properties - £5,000 - £150,000

Who is exempt from MEES regulations?

Some landlords could be exempt from MEES, but only if they meet certain criteria:

  • All cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, have been carried out and the rating is still non-compliant
  • Recommendations to the property’s efficiency that have been identified by Green Deal (or a similar government scheme) are not considered cost-effective, devalue the property by more than 5% or fail to increase the EPC rating above an F.
  • There are many other exceptions that may also be considered, but speaking to an experienced EPC assessor who is proficient in the MEES regulations to see if your property falls