Important information for Landlords about Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Mon 19 Feb 2018

MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards)


From 1st April 2018, legislation will prohibit the letting of any properties with an F or a G rating under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.  This means that any properties coming to the market to let or indeed to re-let with an F or a G rating cannot be marketed however this will not apply to properties with these ratings where tenants are already in residence until the property is to be re-let.  From April 2020, MEES will affect ALL rented properties regardless of whether the property is tenanted or vacant.  This is in line with government plans to ensure all properties are of a minimum D then C standard by 2030.

If your property is of an F or a G standard, the first course of action is to have an EPC carried out at your property. EPCs have changed a lot over the years and the rating that is achieved now can vary dramatically from the rating that was given ten years ago.  This may mean for example that a property with an F rating assigned to it almost ten years ago, could become an E rated property after being reassessed. 

Cornwall ranks quite highly when it comes to F and G rated properties due to their construction and the damp climate.  We have carried out an audit on our portfolio and for those of our landlords who are affected by this new legislation, we will be in contact with you in the very near future.