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Farming Talk, Amy Henderson

PRIVATE RENTAL – MEES UPDATE

With the introduction of MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) as of the 1st April 2018 it is unlawful to let a property with an energy performance rating less than E (F or G). Furthermore by 1st April 2020 the same rule will apply to existing tenancies which commenced before 1st April 2018.

On 5th November 2018 the Government published its response to the consultation on proposals to amend the 2015 regulations and will look to implement these changes in 2019. The response details the introduction of a cap on expenditure that a Landlord would have to spend in order to improve a substandard property. 

The initial consultation proposed a cap at £2,500 but this has since been revised to £3,500. This figure is inclusive of VAT, grant funded elements and any expenditure on energy improvement works since 1st October 2017. If the Landlord can demonstrate the level of expenditure has exceeded this figure and the property still fails to meet the minimum requirement of an E rating an exemption can be registered. 

The capped expenditure will replace the current ‘no cost to the Landlord’ exemption. This will be an issue for those who have already registered under this exemption as these will all terminate after 1st April 2020. Those affected will be notified directly via the Exemptions Register in order for them to take action to ensure they are not in breach of the regulations post 1st April 2020.

It is important for any Landlords of private rented housing to adopt a continual review process of their property’s energy performance above and beyond the current minimum requirements with whispers of the minimum requirement to increase in the future. Although exemptions in some situations may be suitable they should not be relied upon as they are temporary, the majority only lasting 5 years.  If you would like to discuss further please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who is an Associate at Balfours.

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