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Minimum Energy Ratings from 2018

Since April this year, landlords who own some of the coldest privately rented homes have been required to improve these domestic properties with energy efficiency measures when a lease is changed or renewed* and where support is available to cover the costs. The new measures, announced on 5th November following a public consultation, will go further requiring landlords to contribute to the cost of upgrades.

The amendments include the introduction of a capped landlord contribution of ¬£3,500 (inclusive of VAT) with any available third-party funding, including Green Deal finance and local authority grant funding, to be counted within the cap.  Landlords are free to spend above the cap but there is no requirement for them to do so. 

For further details please see the Elmhurst website or the press release from BEIS.

To gain an exemption from the requirement they will have to show that the cost of upgrading is more than the cap, and/or that; 

a, the measures would adversely affect a historic property, or

b, a surveyor has not recommended the measures are not applied, 

c, or the existing tenant has refused the upgrade (in the case of a lease renewal)


It is up to the landlord how to finance any improvements, they could use a Green Deal loan (whereby the tenant repays the loan) raise the money elsewhere or use their own funds. 

Current exemptions gained on the grounds of 'no funding available' are likely to be null & void when the regulation is amended. 

Non domestic landlords already have to bear some up front costs if the measures show a reasonable pay back period. 

* MEES only applies to rent renewals if the tenant started their tenancy after the requirement for an EPC was introduced, eg 2007.  With tenancies that have been in place since before 2007 there is no requirement for an EPC so the MEES regulations do not apply, although good landlords will not take advantage of this loophole. 

We can provide EPCs & tailored MEES reports for  rented properties

showing;

- what the current rating is, 

- the easiest ways to get the property to an E rating,

- plus ideas for further action,

- the savings that these measures should produce,

- details of any funding available,

-and how to claim exemption from the regulations if the measures are too costly or are unadvisable for the property. 

Government guidance to the regulations and how they apply to both domestic and non domestic properties can be found here 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-private-rented-property-minimum-standard-landlord-guidance-documents


These requirements will then apply to most private rented properties, including occupied properties - from April 2020 in the domestic sector and from April 2023 in the non-domestic sector.

‚ÄčIf you are unsure how this requirement will affect you or want to discuss our tailored MEES service, then do get in touch.

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