It’s important to note that some of these changes are unconfirmed and may be amended or rejected altogether. The second reading in the House of Commons of the MEES 2 bill, which would bring these changes into effect, was originally scheduled for 18th March 2022, however this did not take place and it was rescheduled for Nov 2023.
Following this the Prime Minister made a statement, on 4th October 2023, stating that there will be no new ‘EPC Requirements’ legislated for. We presume that this means the ‘proposed’ changes listed below will now not occur during this Government's tenure, and we also assume this applies to both Domestic and Commercial properties, however as yet there has been no further information on the detail behind this statement.
We are keeping an eye on movements and updates for these regulations and will keep this page of our website updated as and when we have more information or confirmed news.
Current MEES Regulations 2018 require domestic and commercial properties in England and Wales to comply with certain standards before they can legally rent them out.
Landlords cannot grant new tenancies or continue to let via existing tenancies if the property has an EPC rating of F or G.
All domestic landlords are required to comply with this if their property is legally required to have an EPC and is an assured, regulated or domestic agricultural tenancy.
A domestic landlord may apply for an exemption if they’re unable to improve the property to an E rating for an acceptable reason, often requiring a draft EPC and MEES report to demonstrate this when applying to the PRS Exemptions Register.
A local authority can serve a financial penalty if they find out a property is or has been in breach of MEES Regulations up to 18 months after the breach and/or publish details of the breach for at least 12 months*. They can decide the level of penalty, up to the following limitations as set in the MEES Regulations:
The maximum total amount that a landlord can be fined per property is £5000.
Landlords cannot grant new tenancies or continue to let via existing tenancies if the property has an EPC rating of F or G, unless either:
An enforcement authority can serve a penalty on those who have been found in breach of MEES Regulations, and can decide to apply a publication penalty* and determine the amount of financial breaches up to the following limits:
These are the maximum penalty amounts per property.
* A Publication Penalty means that a local authority can publish the following information on the PRS Exemptions Register:
All domestic properties regardless of tenure must achieve at least a C rated EPC by 2035, where practical cost effective and affordable, unless:
All domestic rental properties to achieve at least a C rated EPC by December 2025 before granting a new tenancy where practical, cost effective and affordable.
All existing domestic tenancies achieve at least a C rated EPC by December 2028, where practical, cost effective and affordable.
All mortgage lenders’ portfolios must have an average EPC rating of at least C rating by 2030.
Owner occupied homes must achieve a C rated EPC by 2035, where practical, cost effective and affordable.
Social landlords’ domestic portfolios must include a significant amount which achieve a C rated EPC by 2035.
All new homes built from Jan 2025 are zero carbon ready.
Privately rented commercial properties must achieve at least an EPC rating of C by 2027.
Rented commercial properties must achieve at least an EPC rating of B by 2030, unless it’s not technically feasible and where it is not cost effective.
As well as taking the time to understand and stay up to date on MEES regulations, here at Easy EPC we offer solutions to both finding out the most cost effective and least disruptive ways to improve a property’s energy efficiency to comply with MEES regs, and also successfully apply to the PRS Exemptions Register.
Our specialist technical team can create a comprehensive and easy-to-follow report showing you multiple scenarios for how to get your property to achieve the required ratings. Working to you and your property’s needs. This is our MEES Consultancy service.
If you need to register your property(s) to the PRS Exemptions Register then our Extensive MEES report is for you. The key difference between this and our standard style report is that this report shows what the maximum cost of installing the measure is before it becomes MEES exempt. Combined with quotes for the work from 3 sources, this can then be used as the basis of a MEES exemption application.