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What are Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Legislation, which came into force in April 2018, applies to both Domestic and Non Domestic buildings. This legislation bans landlords from granting a fresh tenancy to new or existing tenants unless the building has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place showing the building has an energy efficiency rating of E or better.
From 1st April 2020, MEES was extended to cover all leases, including for properties where a lease is already in place.
While the legislation currently only applies to rentals, an increasing amount of banks and financial institutions are now insisting that buildings for sale also meet the same standards before they will provide finance or carry out property transactions.
Properties exempt from MEES
There are several reasons why a property may be exempt from needing to comply with the MEES legislation. If your property falls into one of these categories, then you can apply to have it added to the MEES Exemptions Register
It is important to note that one of the key bits of information required to apply to be added to this register is a valid EPC. This means that if you are applying for an exemption for a property which would not normally require an EPC, such as listed building, then for the purposes of your MEES exemption application you will need to have a valid EPC in place.
All categories of exemption except the ‘New Landlord’ Exemption are valid for a period of 5 years. After this period the landlord again endeavour to improve the property’s EPC rating to meet the minimum standards. If this cannot be achieved then a further exemption may be able to be applied for.
Your building may be classified as exempt from MEES legislation for one of the following reasons:
- ‘High cost’ Exemption may apply in cases where the cheapest of the improvements recommended for the property would cost over £3500 to implement, as evidenced by official quotes from 3 seperate installers. This exemption only applies to domestic property.
- ‘7 Year Payback’ Exemption may apply where it can be demonstrated that the cost of energy efficiency measures required to bring the property up to standard will not pay for themselves through savings made on your energy bills within a 7 year timeframe. This exemption only applies to non-domestic property.
- ‘All Improvements Made’ Exemption may apply where it can be demonstrated that all ‘relevant energy efficiency improvements that can be made to the property have been carried out, but the property still has an EPC rating of below an E. This exemption applies to domestic and non-domestic property.
- ‘Wall Insulation’ Exemption may apply where wall insulation is required to bring the property up to standard, but for technical reasons cavity, internal or external insulation systems are not suitable for the specific property in question. This exemption applies to domestic and non-domestic property.
- ‘Consent’ Exemption may apply where third party consent would be required to install recommended measures, such as in the case of planning permission being needed for the installation of solar panels, but consent has been refused. This exemption applies to domestic and non-domestic property.
- ‘Devaluation’ Exemption may apply where it can be demonstrated (through an independent valuation by a RICS surveyor) that installation of recommended energy efficiency measures will devalue the property by over 5%. This exemption applies to domestic and non-domestic property.
- ‘New Landlord’ Exemption may apply in specific circumstances where a person has become a landlord suddenly, such as when a new lease has been deemed created by operation of law, or a lease has been granted due to a contractual obligation. If applied for successfully this category of exemption is valid for a period of 6 months.
What does the survey involve?
Before we can issue a MEES report for your property we must first have carried out the appropriate type of EPC survey on your property, and this must have been within the last 6 months. Unfortunately we cannot base our MEES report on an EPC survey carried out by another person or company, as we have no way of verifying the accuracy of their work, and would not have access to the full set of data required to produce our report. Get in touch if you need to book a new EPC survey
To produce the MEES report, one of our team of energy efficiency experts will first look through the data that was collected when we carried out your EPC survey. They will then consult with you to establish what type of energy saving measures are practical in your situation.
Once we have carried out this consultation process we will calculate what the EPC rating for your building would be if you carried out a variety of different sets of measures, focusing on establishing the most cost effective and least disruptive ways to get your building to at least an E rating.
What do I get?
On completion of the work we will provide you with a detailed MEES report that will present you with several different scenarios, each representing a different approach to getting your property up to an E rating or better on your post installation EPC. Once you have reviewed the report we are also happy to talk you through the different scenarios in detail, and to carry out further analysis to produce an additional scenario combining recommendations from the previously provided scenarios if this is what you require.
Who will carry out the survey?
All our MEES reports are carried out by one of our highly experienced in house team of energy efficiency consultants.
How do I book?
To get a quote for a MEES Report for your property simply give us a call on 0800 170 1201, or alternatively fill in our contact form. The basic information we need to be able to provide you with a price for the survey is:
- What the buildings is used for
- Approximate floor area, or number of bedrooms if its a domestic property
- Number of floors
It is useful and may enable us to offer a cheaper quote if you are also able to provide the following information:
- If no floor plans are available how many rooms the building is divided into (including WCs etc.)
- The full address of the property
Once we have provided you with a quote, if you wish to go ahead and book we will also need invoicing details and contact details for whoever will be meeting us on site. We don't charge up-front, but will invoice you for the work on completion, and release the MEES Report to you upon receipt of payment.
After you have booked with us we will contact you to discuss which measures are suitable for your property. Once we have consulted with you it takes us about 3 working days to produce the report, at which point we will contact you to let you know its ready and provide you with an invoice. On payment of the invoice we will email your MEES Report to you.
Our prices start from £49.95 + VAT, dependant on size and location of the property. Use this online booking tool to quickly get a quote for your MEES Report.
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