What are the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, commonly known as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, or MEES, are a set of legal requirements that aim to improve the energy efficiency of commercially-rented properties across the UK.
Under MEES a landlord cannot renew or grant a new tenancy of longer than 6 months if their property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘F’ or lower.
The Government’s impact assessment for the regulations suggests there are 1.2 million commercial private leases in the UK. The compliance status for every one of these leases will need to be assessed and confirmed to future proof landlords and tenants from the regulations enforced in 2018 and 2023.
Does MEES affect me?
From April 2018 legislative changes in the Energy Act 2011 bring MEES into effect. The changes to the Act will make it unlawful for commercial landlords to let/ sublet properties in England & Wales with the two lowest EPC ratings of F and G, subject to certain exemptions.
If you are managing or letting a private property with an F or G EPC rating then you will need to take action to raise the energy efficiency of the property before granting a new lease.
How we can help you
Our approach to MEES is based on 20 years’ experience of assisting building owners and occupiers with their regulatory obligations. We work with a wide range of businesses, identifying and delivering the most appropriate route to compliance based on their specific needs.
Stage 1: Assessing eligibility
We can assist you in reviewing your portfolio of buildings in order to determine which are at risk of noncompliance. This would involve the following considerations:
- expiry dates of current leases
- whether your EPCs are up to date
- whether your EPC files are accessible
- who is responsible for MEES according to your lease arrangements
- lodging exemptions.