The Simple guide to the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

The new Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations are due to come into force on 1 April 2018. Landlords in England and Wales won’t be able to sign new tenancy agreements on properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G. That includes signing new agreements with existing tenants.

More than 300,000 properties are likely to be affected by these regulations, and landlords who break the law face a £4,000 fine.

The law doesn’t apply to rented properties in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Landlords of domestic property for which an EPC is not a legal requirement are not bound by the rules.

Landlords have been required to have a certificate in order to be able to market their property since 2013.


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