Changes 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?
- From the 1st of April your tenant can request your consent to make energy improvements to the property at their own expense.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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*.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.