Minimum energy efficiency standards

From 1 April 2018, landlords granting new tenancies of energy inefficient properties could be liable to hefty fines - up to £4,000 for residential landlords and up to £150,000 for commercial property landlords.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES) will prohibit landlords from letting a property with an EPC rating of below E, unless an exemption applies.

From 1 April 2018, the prohibition will apply to the grant of new tenancies, and from 1 April 2020 for residential properties and 1 April 2023 for commercial properties, it will be extended to landlords continuing to let properties that fall below the required EPC rating.

It's important to act now to understand what impact the regulations will have on you.

We've prepared a series of articles to guide you through the regulations and a quick MEES quiz to help you assess your liability, and what to do next.