EPC Changes from 1st April 2018

From 1st April 2018, the legislation will come into force regarding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Whilst released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 22nd July 2014, the standards were confirmed several months later on 5th February 2015. Here are the key features that we would like to remind you.

1. MEES in a nutshell

These standards were introduced not only to ensure that tenants live or work in an energy efficient building, but also to move few steps closer to the UK’s targets of reducing CO2 emissions for all buildings. From 1st of April, in order to grant new tenancies or leases on residential or commercial properties with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating below E, will be unlawful, unless the property is registered as an exemption. A failure to meet this will result in the fine up to £5,000 (domestic).

2. Who is affected?

Both residential and commercial property in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will be affected by these EPC changes. Thus, whether a landlord is letting out a commercial property or an apartment to a tenant, it could be unlawful to do so if the property does not meet these new MEES.

3. Are there any exemptions?

There is a list of exemptions associated with MEES. Few of them are as follows:

  • The building is listed or officially protected and the minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter it
  • The building is due to be sold or rented out with vacant possession
  • The building is suitable for demolition and the site could be redeveloped
  • The buyer or tenant has applied for planning permission to demolish the building

Find the full list here: https://www.gov.uk/energy-performance-certificate-commercial-property/exemptions

4. How to improve your EPC?

The most efficient and effective solution is the replacement of an old boiler. Also, assure that the roof insulation is done properly (at least 270mm in depth) and make sure that you fill and fix the cavities. Finally, replacing the appliances to more efficient ones will also improve your EPC.

Hopefully, this recap refreshed your memory. For the future, please keep in mind that from April 2020, despite a tenant living in the property and being in their contract, it will be illegal to rent a property at all if the energy rating is F or G.

Are you looking for properties to rent? Find your perfect property here.

Property to Rent in London

Latest Blog

The latest snapshot of the property blog, the property market and all things in London.

Free Valuation

Renting out properties in London remains a sure bet for regular income or for building up capital for future investment.

Request Valuation