As of 1st April 2020, it is no longer permissible to let any residential property, including those with an agreement to let already in place, if it does not meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.
The relevant minimum Energy Performance rating (EPC) is designated E, and so properties with a rating of F or lower will need to be improved, to achieve the minimum rating before they can be let.
As the UK Government strives to meet Energy reduction targets, it is understood that a second restriction, effective April 2023, will extend this to all leases (even where currently exempt), including non-residential properties and thirdly, by April 2030, it is possible that all commercial properties will require a minimum Energy Performance rating of B or C – not easily achievable on much of the existing UK stock.
To be ahead of the legislation and avoid legal action or restrictions on letting, we recommend that Landlords take stock of the performance of their portfolio very shortly in order to determine those properties where both minor and significant improvements are needed and to prepare a plan to instigate improvements ahead of the legislation implementation dates.
We will continue to keep abreast of the changes to MEES as they evolve, especially in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic and if we can be of further assistance in assessing your portfolio please contact us here on firstname.lastname@example.org