Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
From April 2018 changes to legislation will make it unlawful to agree a new lease for a commercial property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G.
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Frequently Asked Questions...
Who will MEES apply to?
MEES will apply to new lettings and lease renewals on or after the 1 April 2018. The landlord/property owner will need to ensure that the property meets MEES before the lease is granted. As of 1 April 2023 all privately rented and lettings over 99 years or more will be required to meet MEES.
Who will MEES not apply to?
Properties that do not require an EPC under current regulations will not be required to meet MEES. Moreover, MEES does not apply to short lettings (6 months or less) and lettings over 99 years or more.
Are there any penalties for non-compliance?
Financial penalties for non-compliance are linked to the rateable value of the property and could be as much as £150,000.
What are the key dates?
April 2018 - The regulations will be enforced upon the granting of a new lease as well as lease renewals.
April 2023 - The regulations will apply to ALL privately rented property in scope of the regulations, including where a lease is already in place and a property is occupied.
Why is it being enforced?
The Energy Act 2011 contains a number of provisions that will affect owners of property; the most significant of these is MEES, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of the most energy inefficient properties. MEES also contributes to the UK legislative targets of reducing CO2 emissions for all buildings to around zero by 2050.
Are there any exemptions?
Landlords can be made exempt from MEES if they are able to demonstrate one of the following:
- They have carried out all cost-effective energy efficiency improvements.
- Measures identified by the Green Deal or an alternative government scheme are not cost effective (either devalue the property by 5% or fail to raise the EPC rating above an F).
- If third-party consents are not available despite reasonable effort.