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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), Home Insulation Assessments & Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

ARE YOUR RENTALS MEES READY FOR 1st APRIL 2018?

On 1/4/18 the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for Private Landlords came into force.

Are you concerned about the changes to energy efficiency regulations affecting your domestic rental properties?

We may be able to help you. Owing to some major updates to the datasets used within the EPC software, the answer may be nothing more than just an updated EPC.

Also non-repayable Grants for improving the levels of home insulation are still available to tenants. They are not means tested, nor benefit dependent – every house qualifies for some level of grant funding. This type of Grant is being withdrawn at the end of September 2018.

What are the MEES and Regulations?

Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property (England & Wales)) Regulations 2015, MEES, from 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to let out domestic properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G.

Why were the MEES and Regulations introduced for Private Landlords?

The regulations were made to improve energy efficiency of privately rented homes. Thus helping to meet UK targets of CO2  emission reductions under the Energy Act 2011.

Who does MEES affect and when?

From 1st April 2018, the regulations apply to private landlords/property owners upon granting a lease to a new tenant, or lease renewals to an existing tenant.

In order to comply, all properties must meet MEES by undertaking permissible, appropriate and cost-effective improvements, unless exempt. Properties which are let on tenancies of more than 99 years, or less than 6 months, and some regulated tenancies such as housing associations will be excluded.

The regulations apply to all privately rented properties by private landlords within the scope of the regulations from 1st April 2020.

What are the Penalties for non-compliance with MEES?

Fines of up to £5,000 can be enforced against private landlords, depending on the type of infringement and the length of non-compliance. A tenant can raise a case with the First-Tier General Regulatory Chamber if they feel a private landlord is non-compliant.

Are there any exemptions?

Landlords may be exempt when.

  • The property is excluded from having an EPC.
  • Improvements are not cost-effective, either within a 7 years payback or under the Green Deal.
  • It has been independently verified that improvements may decrease the value of the property by 5% or more.
  • Required third party consent cannot be obtained.

What Government Grants are available to me?

From April 2017, the system has been simplified and an energy assessment is no longer required. Instead, the Government have “deemed” an amount of Carbon Emission savings for each type of property. We then sell these Carbon Emission savings to one of the Gas and Electricity companies.  That is how it is funded. We all pay an amount on our fuel bills towards this fund, so yes, we pay for it, as usual.

But the Government Home Insulation Grant Scheme has changed again (17/9/18). In some ways it is an improvement over the old scheme, but other aspects have got a whole lot worse.

The Standard Home Insulation Grant that everyone qualified for (even Richard Branson) has been withdrawn.

The Enhanced Home Insulation Grant – which you have to qualify for, has been broadened. Many people who did not qualify for this grant in the past will now qualify. Click here to see what qualifies for a Government Cavity Wall Insulation Grant.

Cavity Wall Insulation Grants – In nearly all cases the insulation grant will cover the full cost.

Loft Insulation Grants – Grants are only available for lofts with no more than 100mm of existing insulation. If your tenant qualifies for a Grant then in nearly all cases the insulation grant will cover the full cost.

Flexible Funding Grants – A new type of Grant called “Flexible Funding” has also been introduced. To find out more Click Here

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