Energy Efficiency in the Private Rental Sector.
Since 1st April 2020 it has been unlawful for a private landlord to rent out a domestic property if it has
an EPC rating of F or G, unless a valid exemption has been registered on the PRS Exemptions Register
Six things you need to know;
- MEES (the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) are law now
- According to the government data 25% of properties in England
and Wales have an E rating or below
- From April 2016 tenants can request a landlord make
improvements to a property and, if this can be delivered at no
upfront cost, then the landlord cannot “unreasonably refuse”.
- From April 2018 a landlord cannot grant a new tenancy of the
property with an Energy Performance Certificate with a rating
below an E.
- From April 2020 a landlord cannot rent any property with an
Energy Performance Certificate with a rating below an E.
- The government has declared their wish to raise those standards
further such that that the minimum standard is likely to rise to a
D by 2025 and a C Rating in 2030.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES )
What are the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?
From the 1st April 2018 changes to legislation will
make it unlawful to let residential properties with an
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a rating of
F or G.
What are the key dates?
April 2018- the regulations will only apply upon the
granting of a new tenancy to a new or existing tenant.
April 2020- The regulation will apply to ALL privately
rented property which is required to have an EPC.
Are there any penalties for non-compliance?
Yes. Failing to comply with a compliance notice could
result in a fine up to £5000.
Why is it being enforced?
This new legislation attempts to ensure that all
tenants enjoy a right to live in an energy efficient
home. It also contributes to the UK legislative targets
of reducing CO2 emissions for all buildings to
around zero by 2050.
Are there any exemptions?
Yes landlords are exempt if:
– They have carried out all cost-effective energy
– Measures Identified by Green Deal or an alternative
government scheme are not cost effective.
– If third-party consents are not available (consent
from tenants, planning authority etc).
Given the risks to landlords it is clear that a full understanding of
energy efficiency is required for your property assets, in order to
see if you are meeting MEES.
Elmhurst Member TCS Property services can assess a property’s energy efficiency and produce an EPC to ensure you have an understanding of your properties energy efficiency rating .
We can do a Minimum Energy standard review of your existing EPC and give you a general idea of how the EPC of the property could be improved to comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.
We can model the various data inputs to see what changes will achieve the upgrade to the rating so that the property can be rented
We are not permitted to recommend work or make any supplier recommendations or provide costings. We can only give you a general idea from your existing EPC of the kind of measures that can be taken to improving the rating band to allow you to tent the property. Once you have gone ahead with the most cost effective measures to improve the
EPC rating of your property, we can revisit the property and issue a new EPC so you can now rent the property out.
Our prices for this service is below
Existing EPC with F or G rating
Review of Existing EPC with visit £150
Issue new EPC after Property has been improved £100
For more information contact
TCS Property Services
T: 0208765 1795