Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES)—domestic tenants’ energy efficiency improvements
Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES)—domestic tenants’ energy efficiency improvements

The following Property practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES)—domestic tenants’ energy efficiency improvements
  • What is DPR property?
  • Exclusions
  • Tenant's energy efficiency improvements
  • The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) order for consent

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES)—domestic tenants’ energy efficiency improvements

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The requirements to obtain an EPC before a property is sold or let can be difficult to satisfy when social distancing measures apply. EPC assessments should only be conducted in accordance with government advice on home moving during the coronavirus outbreak and where the EPC assessment can be conducted safely—see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property — EPCs and social distancing.

This Practice Note considers the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for the domestic private rented sector that have come from the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES Regs 2015), SI 2015/962. It focuses on the obligations for domestic properties in relation to the requirements concerning landlord’s consent for tenant’s energy efficiency improvements. It is part of our series of Practice Notes on MEES.

As around one in ten domestic properties are in the very lowest energy performance certificate (EPC) bands (‘F’ or ‘G’), the government created provisions, at sections 42–51 in the Energy Act 2011 (EnA 2011), to ensure energy efficiency standards for domestic and non-domestic buildings are of a certain level, and to reduce the number of domestic properties in fuel poverty. See Practice Note: Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the private rented sector—snapshot.

Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES Regs 2015), SI 2015/962 made under

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