The MEES, (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) regulations came into force in April 2018, and is now a legal requirement for both residential and commercial buildings to have a rating of E or above, before they can be leased.
The regulation has been brought in to help reduce CO2 emissions from buildings. It is estimated that approx. 40% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions are from buildings alone.
- MEES came in to force 1st April 2018
- Currently MEES applies in England and Wales only
- All properties must be an E or above before a new lease or lease renewal is granted
- From 1st April 2023 All properties will need to be an E or above even when a lease is already in place
- MEES does not apply to leases of 6 months or less or 99 years or longer
What if the building does not comply?
- You cannot legally let the property
- You may be fined if you sign a new lease on a property that has an F or G rating
Are there any exemptions?
Exception can apply in certain situations, for example:
- All improvements that meet a seven-year payback period have been installed and the property still falls below the minimum E rating
- If improvements are to devalue the property by 5% or more
- If an existing tenant does not allow access to the property for the works to be carried out
Get in touch with us!
At Survey Hub, we have a wealth of experience with commercial EPCs, and can provide bespoke advice on MEES that will be tailored to your property. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on either firstname.lastname@example.org or call the head office on 0115 714 1123 and ask to speak to a member of the EPC team.
Need more information?
For detailed info on the MEES regulations, you can visit the government’s website below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/private-rented-sector-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-exemptions/guidance-on-prs-exemptions-and-exemptions-register-evidence-requirements