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MEES legislation was first brought into effect in April 2018 and applied to both domestic and commercial rental properties when granting fresh tenancies. This was updated for domestic properties in April 2020 to also cover existing tenancies, meaning that all rental properties must comply regardless of when the tenancy was started. The same will apply for commercial properties from 2023.
MEES regulations require landlords to have a valid EPC with a minimum of an E rating before they can legally let a domestic property or, for commercial properties, grant a fresh tenancy or update/extend an existing one.
MEES regulations apply to both domestic and commercial rental properties.
MEES regulations are enforced by local authorities.
While there is currently no minimum rating requirement for properties that are for sale, since the introduction of MEES legislation many banks and financial institutions have refused to carry out sale transactions or provide finance for F or G rated properties.
There are several categories of property that are exempt from MEES legislation , so if your property falls into these then you can apply to have it added to the MEES Exemptions Register
All categories of exemption except the 'New Landlord' Exemption are valid for a period of 5 years. After this period the landlord must 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.
The minimum rating for rental properties is an E rating.
The penalty for domestic landlords non-compliance with MEES legislation is a fine of approximately £5000, for commercial landlords it is a fine of up to £150,000.
No, however since the introduction of MEES legislation many banks and financial institutions have refused to carry out sale transactions or provide finance for F or G rated properties.