Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the private rented sector—snapshot

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

  • Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the private rented sector—snapshot
  • Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES)—background
  • Legislation
  • Guidance
  • Strategy and developments
  • DPR property—tenant's energy efficiency improvements and landlord’s duty not to unreasonably withhold consent—MEES Regs 2015, Pt 2
  • DPR and NDPR property—MEES Regs 2015, Pt 3
  • Implementation
  • Exclusions and exemptions
  • Enforcement and penalties

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the private rented sector—snapshot

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 provides an overview of the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for the 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 provides an overview of the regulations in relation to non-domestic and domestic private rented properties and implementation dates for the requirements concerning domestic tenant’s energy efficiency improvements and the prohibition of letting of substandard domestic and non-domestic private rented property. It is part of our series of Practice Notes on MEES.

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES)—background

Legislation

To help achieve the UK’s legislative targets, such as the requirement in section 1 of the Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA 2008) as amended by the Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019, SI 2019/1056 that carbon levels are reduced by at least 100% from 1990 levels by 2050 and this includes greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, UK buildings need to become

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