The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) was introduced in March 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of buildings in the domestic and non-domestic private rented sector in England and Wales.
From 1 April 2018, landlords of buildings within the scope of the MEES Regulations must not renew existing tenancies or grant new tenancies if the building has less than the minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E unless an exemption is registered. After 1 April 2023 property owners must not continue to let any buildings which have an EPC rating less than an E unless an exemption is registered.
How to prepare as a property owner:
- audit your portfolio to understand which properties may fall within the scope of MEES and if there are any exemptions
- carry out energy assessments to check if EPC ratings are correct
- understand lease terms and renewal dates