Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
The MEES mean that landlords can no longer rent out homes with an EPC rating of F or G, and those who continue to do so face fines up to a maximum of £5,000.
These changes initially only covered new tenancies and renewals, although existing tenancies will also be included from 2020.
Currently, a ‘no cost to the landlord’ exemption is in place, meaning that if landlords can’t access funding to improve their energy efficiency (for example from the Green Deal or their local council), they won’t need to pay to make changes themselves.
That exemption will be removed, making landlords liable for efficiency improvements up to a cap of £3,500.
There will still be exemptions on offer for properties that would cost more than £3,500 to bring up to scratch, but landlords may still need to pay for changes that take them up to the cap.
If you’re interested in getting to grips with the basics of improving the energy efficiency of a home you’re letting out, you can check out these Which? guides:
- 10 ways to save on energy bills– discover the simple ways you can improve your property’s efficiency.
- How to buy energy-saving products– learn about the running costs of different appliances.
- Home improvements– get the lowdown on the improvements that make the most financial sense, including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and draught proofing.