On the 1st April 2020, there will be a change to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards or MEES for domestic landlords.
Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property for England and Wales) Regulations 2015, from the 1st April 2018, it became unlawful to let out domestic properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G – to new tenants or a renewal lease to an existing tenant.
This will extend to all privately rented properties from 1st April 2020 – regardless of granting a new lease or lease renewals. The April 2020 deadline will apply to all landlords with private tenants.
It is recommended that you undertake an EPC to qualify the current rating prior to April 2020, so that you have time to make improvements or register exemptions.
As outlined in the energy act 2011 from April 2018 it will be unlawful to let properties that do not meet the minimum energy performance standards.
Currently, the requirement only extends to the need to have an EPC prior to the commencement of marketing properties with the requirement to show the asset rating (ranging from a to g) on the relevant marketing material.
EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate that most home owners or landlords are required to submit whenever a home is sold, bought, rented or built. This directive was first established as a legal requirement in 2009. It requires that all owners and landlords to give out an energy performance of the houses to buyers or tenants so that they can be able to gauge the efficiency of the house in terms of energy.
In the UK before any commercial property is rented out or sold, the owners of these properties have to provide the potential buyers or tenants with an energy efficiency report on the building. The same requirement is also stipulated on the any other domestic property. This is the energy performance certificates that are often given out to the buyers and tenants to gauge the energy efficiency of the building before making a purchase.