Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)


As of 1 April 2018 there is a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations came into force initially for new lets and renewals, but extended to existing tenancies on 1 April 2020.

As of now it is unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement to have at least an E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.

While most properties in the private rented sector meet this level comfortably, for some landlords this means that they will no longer be able to rent out their property if it has a rating of F or G.

However, there are several nuances and exceptions, which this guide covers.

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