Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) Since 1 April 2020, the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 have made it unlawful to rent out a domestic property if it’s got an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G (unless a valid exemption has been registered on the PRS Exemptions Register). The new regulations cover all relevant properties, even where there has been no change of tenancy. As the local authority, we have a duty to enforce these regulations. Why were the regulations introduced? The regulations were introduced to improve the energy efficiency of housing in the private rented sector and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. They should help make tenants’ homes more thermally efficient, particularly for people who are vulnerable or on a low income, so they can live more comfortably and in a healthier environment with lower energy bills. What’s an EPC? An energy performance certificate (EPC) gives the property an energy efficiency rating. A-rated properties are the most energy efficient and G-rated are the least efficient. The certificate is valid for 10 years and must be provided by the owner of a property when being rented or sold.
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