Landlords and New Minimum energy efficiency standards
All domestic landlords need 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 EPC rating of E or above, and requiring many poor performing properties to be improved.
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. The Scheme will replace the Green Deal and should be the final piece in the jigsaw to set the framework for energy efficiency compliance. Although landlords will have some time to improve their properties, it is highly recommended they should commission an EPC. Don’t forget that EPCs are now mandatory for all new tenancies following the changes by the Deregulation Act.
If you would like to discuss how this will change will impact you as a landlord or would like any more information on property management, then don’t hesitate to drop me an email Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a ring at the office on 01803 472595. Our Property Management Services cover the entire county of Devon.