Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard

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The requirement to meet the minimum standard for energy efficiency for both domestic and non-domestic private rented property.

Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (as amended)

Landlords can no longer let or continue to let private rented properties if they have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below E, unless they have a valid exemption in place.

Landlords in breach of the regulations can be issued a financial penalty up to a maximum of £5,000 per property as per the Council's MEES Financial Penalty Charging policy. The Council can also issue a publication penalty on the publicly available section of the PRS Exemptions Register.

What should the landlord do next

See Government guidance for landlords on the MEES regulations.

For Government Guidance on registering an exemption, see MEES Exemptions.

What should the tenant do next

Tenants should check the EPC for their rented property to ensure it is rated E or above. If the property is rated F or G, they should discuss this with their landlord and seek the improvements required. If no improvements are made please contact us.

Funding for energy efficiency improvements

Funding may be available towards the improvement works required to comply with the MEES regulations. For impartial advice on saving energy in the home and available Government funding visit Simple Energy Advice or Kent and Medway Warm Homes..

For Further Information:

privatesectorhousing@tmbc.gov.uk or telephone on 01732 876067.