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Wed 22 April 2020
Since April 2018, all new tenancies (Domestic and commercial) in Wales and England have had to meet a set of standards known commonly as MEES, standing for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard. This requires all rental properties to have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) with a minimum rating of an ‘E’ or have a valid exemption registered. This applies to all landlords with private tenants.
In 2019 an update was adding which introduced a ‘cost cap’ which required landlords to spend up to £3,500 per property to improve them to the minimum level.
However from the 1st April 2020 this requirement has now extended to all existing domestic tenancies. For commercial tenancies this does not come into effect until 1st April 2023.
In some situations a landlord may be exempt from these regulations. These are:
It is important that an up to date EPC is carried out on the property as soon as possible if either one does not exist, or it currently has one showing a rating of below an ‘E’.
Once an up to date EPC is produced we can assess how energy efficient your property actually is, and understand what improvements can if needed be made.
McCartneys LLP have trained domestic and commercial energy assessors who will be able to assist you with your property. Please contact your local office to discuss further.
Geraint Jones BSc(HONS) MRICS NdipDEA, NdipNDEA Chartered Building Surveyor, Domestic and Commercial Energy Assessor