Energy Efficiency Requirements have changed for Rental Properties
Thursday, May 30, 2019
The introduction of new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) mean that rental properties must achieve a minimum ‘E’ rating for any new tenancy or renewal signed after April 1 2018.
From that date it will be illegal for a landlord to enter into a tenancy agreement or renew an existing tenancy if the energy rating falls below a rating of an E.
The regulations will apply to ALL tenancies, not just new ones, after April 1 2020.
If the property falls below this EPC rating, it would be deemed ‘substandard’ and illegal to rent.
The impact for landlords of having an illegal property are serious, with enforcement by Trading Standards which can impose a fine up to a maximum of £4,000.
There is an option for certain landlords, who may be able to obtain an exemption.
The PRS Exemptions Register is for landlords who rent out properties which are legally required to have an EPC, but which cannot be improved to meet the minimum E rating for one of the reasons set out in the Government’s guidance document, which can be accessed using this link - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/private-rented-sector-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-exemptions/guidance-on-prs-exemptions-and-exemptions-register-evidence-requirements#overview.
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