Energy efficiency

Since 1 April 2018, landlords granting new tenancies of energy inefficient properties could be liable to hefty fines - up to £4,000 for residential landlords and up to £150,000 for commercial property landlords.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES) prohibit landlords from letting a property with an EPC rating of below E, unless an exemption applies.

Since 1 April 2018, the prohibition has applied to the grant of new tenancies, and from 1 April 2020 for residential properties and 1 April 2023 for commercial properties, it will be extended to landlords continuing to let properties that fall below the required EPC rating.

We've prepared a series of articles to guide you through the regulations and a quick MEES quiz to help you assess your liability, and what to do next.