Planned changes to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations announced
This week the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that they plan to amend the regulations requiring landlords to install energy efficiency measures to domestic homes.
Since April this year, landlords who own some of the coldest privately rented homes have been required to improve these properties with energy efficiency measures where support is available to cover the costs.
The new measures, announced yesterday following a public consultation, will go further requiring landlords to contribute to the cost of upgrades. The consultation considered what the cost cap should be set at, where the Government concluded that the cap will be set at £3,500 (inclusive of VAT).
Announcing the planned amendment, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said:
“While the vast majority of landlords take great pride in the properties they own, a minority still rent out housing that is difficult to keep warm. Upgrading these homes so they are more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways to tackle fuel poverty and help bring down bills for their tenants, saving them £180 a year.
Everyone should be protected against the cold in their own home and today’s announcement will bring this reality closer.”
In 2019, under the new measures privately rented properties in England & Wales with an EPC of F to G (the two lowest energy ratings) will have to be improved by landlords before they can be put on the market for new tenants.
This is expected to cost private landlords £1,200 on average and will affect 290,000 rented properties, potentially saving tenants in homes with the lowest EPC ratings an average of £180 a year on their energy bills.
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