MEES ( Minimum Energy Efficiency ) …Are you and your property compliant?
Since the 1st April 2018, there is minimum requirement set for residential rental property to have a minimum energy performance of an E, on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This means that those with an F, or G, a rating no longer comply. This regulation effects all new lets, and any renewals of existing lets and will affect all existing SPH or long-term tenancies from 1st April 2020, It will become unlawful to rent a property that does not meet their minimum energy efficiency standards unless there is an applicable and acceptable exemption for your property.
There are a number of situation where exemptions may apply, and more details of these can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-private-rented-property-minimum-standard-landlord-guidance-documents
It is a good idea to have a look at your property, assess your EPC and decide now what works are required (if any) to ensure the property is compliant. An EPC lasts for just 10 years and we are now getting to the stage where EPC’s are coming round for renewals.
Even though you may have a property currently tenanted, if the current tenant vacates at a time when works are required, these. will need to be carried out prior to a new tenancy commencing and we are unable to market the property until the works are carried out and an acceptable EPC is completed to show the new efficiency levels. Be sure that this expense happens when you want it to, and when you have rent coming in on the property, rather than when the property is vacant and costing money to be that way.
If you are unsure how/if this legislation affects you, please feel free to give us a call/email to discuss. [email protected] 01626 335090