Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the Private Rented Sector – Energy Saving Trust

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the Private Rented SectorMonday, 1 April, 2019

From April 1st 2019, landlords of cold homes in England and Wales will have to pay up to £3,500 (inc. VAT) to improve the insulation and/ or heating of property before they can rent it out to new tenants or issue a renewal of an existing tenancy agreement.

Specifically, the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations apply to any privately rented home banded F or G (the bottom two bandings) on an Energy Performance Certificate.

The MEES Regulations requiring landlords of F and G banded homes to make improvements have actually been in place since last year.  But it’s only now that the government has introduced the minimum investment requirement of £3,500 – before this, landlords only had to try to meet the standard if grant money was available.

The regulations will be tightened even further

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