Energy Efficiency Update

EnergyChanges implemented under the Energy Efficiency (England & Wales) Regulations 2015, mean that domestic landlords need to be prepared for the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). These changes come into force on the 1st April 2016.

I’m a landlord, what does this mean for me?

  1. From the 1st of April your tenant can request your consent to make energy improvements to the property at their own expense.
  2. Such works can be wholly financed at no cost to you by the government/local authority if the tenant meets the relevant requirements. Currently the government has not launched a new scheme to replace The Green Deal which has now ended.
  3. The legislation states that consent should not be unreasonably refused. Should a tenant’s request not be granted they are able to apply to the first tier tribunal.


What do the regulations mean for me moving forward?

  1. As of April 2018 you will need to ensure that the EPC rating of your property is E or above for all tenancies starting after this date*.
  2. From the 1st of April 2020 all residential properties let to a tenant will need an EPC rating of E or above*.


What happens if I don’t upgrade the energy efficiency of my property in time?

  1. Where the local authority considers that a landlord may be in breach of section 23, they may serve a compliance notice requiring the landlord to provide evidence of energy efficiency improvements completed.
  2. After that if the local authority is satisfied that a landlord is still in breach, they may issue you with a penalty notice, imposing a financial penalty and a publication penalty (which consists of publishing the details of the breach on the register).
  3. Penalties for a continuing breach of the EPC Regulations are between £2,000 for less than 3 months, £4,000 for 3 months or more. As a landlord if you do fail to comply with a compliance notice under section 37 you could face a penalty of £2,000. A combination of these breaches under the EPC regulations act could result in another fine of £5,000.

For further information or to talk to a member of our team, visit our landlords EPC page.