As of April 1st 2018, under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, it is unlawful to let properties with F and G rated Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) affect landlords of non-domestic and domestic properties and are triggered when a new lease is granted or a property sold.
Under these regulations, landlords are required to undertake energy improvement works to achieve a minimum of an E rated EPC or face significant fines.
From April 1st 2023, it will also become un-lawful for landlords to continue letting sub-standard property to existing tenants.
Landlords will only be exempt from complying with MEES if they can demonstrate a number of strict criteria for exemption, however, from our experience, the majority of non-domestic buildings will be subject to the requirements, including, contrary to common understanding, properties with listed status.
Portfolio Management & Cost Effective MEES Solutions
We provide EPC certification for all types and sizes of commercial property and have a network of surveyors on hand to ensure delivery of larger portfolio instructions. Where a property’s EPC rating falls outside of the lawful banding, we can provide robust advice on the most cost-effective measures to comply with the MEES regulations and assess the measures against the 7 year pay back rule.
In addition to providing an ad-hoc service for individual properties, we have gained extensive experience managing MEES due-diligence for large national property portfolios and can offer a turn-key compliance service, which includes portfolio review, identifying the most cost-effective improvement measures, implementing the works (if required) and lodging the new compliant EPC.