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Landlords Will Need To Gen Up On Energy Efficiency Ahead Of Introduction Of “mees” In April

From Robert Ulph on March 7, 2016

This week I thought it was fitting to talk about what Landlords will need to do in the future about energy efficiency in their rented properties. Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, is reminding domestic landlords to be prepared for the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), which come into force on 1 April 2016.

This is the first step on a road which will prevent landlords renting properties which do not achieve an RdSAP rating of E or above, and requiring many poor performing properties to be improved.

As part of its commitment to help landlords and energy assessors, Elmhurst Energy has produced a useful factsheet and a more comprehensive Guide to Energy Efficiency in the Private Rental Sector. The report offers advice and tips on the legislation, what it covers, their obligations and how landlords can make sure their housing portfolio complies.

The changes start on 1 April 2016 when all domestic tenants have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties. This applies to domestic properties let under longer-term assured and regulated tenancies. If a tenant considers that the landlord has not complied with the regulations, they can take the case to a First-tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber, which will hear and determine applications.

The next stages will be in April 2018, after which a landlord cannot grant a new tenancy of the property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a rating below an E and April 2020 when it will apply to all rented properties. The end point has not yet been confirmed but the government has declared their wish to raise those standards further such that that the minimum standard is likely to rise to a D rating by 2025 and a C Rating in 2030.

“The good news for landlords is that they are not expected to improve their property if it means incurring an upfront cost, and we are awaiting an announcement on a replacement scheme for the Green Deal,” explains Stephen O’Hara, Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy. “Although landlords will have some time to improve their properties, at the very least we recommend they should commission an EPC right now to find out where they stand.”

The Government is expected to launch a new Scheme enabling landlords to improve the efficiency of their properties without the need for upfront costs. The Scheme will replace the Green Deal and should be the final piece in the jigsaw to set the framework for energy efficiency compliance.

At Penningtons we have been assessing our portfolio and can confirm that many properties already meet this first minimum requirement and for Landlords who would like an up-to-date EPC report we can arrange this for you at £58 (inc VAT.)

So please get in touch if you would like an updated copy of your EPC and we will be happy to assist. Also if you are interested in a copy of the factsheet or Guide to Energy Efficiency in the Private Rental Sector, produced by Elmhurst Energy please do not hesitate to contact me.

As always I’m always happy to help with any other Buy to Let advice so please do get in touch on the details below.