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How do MEES regulations affect farmhouses which are already let under old-style Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancies? Are farmhouses regarded as residential properties for the purposes of these regulations or are they mixed properties?

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Published on LexisPSL on 29/03/2018

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  • How do MEES regulations affect farmhouses which are already let under old-style Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancies? Are farmhouses regarded as residential properties for the purposes of these regulations or are they mixed properties?
  • What do the MEES regulations provide?
  • What is domestic private rented property?
  • Do the MEES Regs 2015 apply to domestic premises forming part of mixed agricultural tenancies?

How do MEES regulations affect farmhouses which are already let under old-style Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancies? Are farmhouses regarded as residential properties for the purposes of these regulations or are they mixed properties?

What do the MEES regulations provide?

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES Regs 2015), SI 2015/962 prohibit the letting of substandard (ie with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’) domestic private rented property (DPR property) as follows:

  1. from 1 April 2018, MEES Regs 2015, SI 2015/962, Pt 3 prohibits the granting of a new tenancy to a new or existing tenant (including any extension, or renewal of an existing tenancy or statutory periodic tenancy which comes into existence at the end of a fixed-term shorthold tenancy)

  2. from 1 April 2020, the MEES Regs 2015, SI 2015/962 will apply to all leases including where the landlord continues to let a substandard DPR property

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BEIS), has published non-binding guidance for landlords on complying with their obligations under MEES Regs 2015, SI 2015/962 (published by BEIS on 9 October 2017), see: Guidance for landlords and Local Authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let domestic property under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

What is domestic private rented property?

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