The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England and Wales which do not achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’.
With research revealing that around one in 20 homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards as they fall into the worst-rated Bands F and G, it is clear that many landlords need to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.
To help, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has now issued a guidance document for landlords on compliance with the 2018 ‘Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency’ standard, in accordance with the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.
The documents provide guidance and advice on:
+ Scope of the regulations: the steps a landlord should take to determine whether their property is covered by the regulations, and the steps they should take to ensure their property complies with the minimum level of energy efficiency;
+ Relevant improvements: how a landlord can identify appropriate energy efficiency improvements for their property;
+ No-upfront Cost Funding (domestic only): how a landlord can investigate availability of no-cost funding to cover the cost of improving a domestic property;
+ Cost effectiveness (non-domestic only): how a landlord can determine whether particular improvements would be cost effective to install in a non-domestic property;
+ Exemptions and exclusions: the exemptions framework and the steps a landlord should take to register a valid exemption;
+ Enforcement: the enforcement framework and the options open to enforcement authorities when policing compliance with the minimum standards, including information on fines and other penalty options;
+ The appeals framework: landlord appeals will be heard by the First-tier Tribunal, part of the court system administered by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; the guidance discusses the steps a landlord will need to take to lodge an appeal, and how that process will be managed.
You can read the guidance by clicking here.