MEES - Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - Summarised

What Is MEES?


MEES is the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards first invented in 2014

MEES will have a significant impact on landlords, tenants and property advisors

What Are The Objectives of  MEES?


Help to achieve the UK’s legislative targets for CO2 emissions from buildings to be ‘close to zero’ by 2050

Improve energy efficiency of poor performing properties

Stop the stand-off between landlord and tenant over who should foot the bill for energy efficiency improvements that benefit the tenant

MEES Timeline


Feb 2105

MEES regulations applied to commercial and residential properties

Apr 2016

Power put in the hands of tenants as thy are now able to request consent from their landlord to install Green Deal compliant energy efficiency improvements (as long as there is no up-front or net cost to the landlord)

Apr 2018

MEES will apply to the grant of a lease on or after 1 April including lease renewals (where an EPC exists)
Landlord needs to make sure a property complies with MEES before the lease is granted

Apr 2023

1 April 2023 MEES will be extended to cover all leases, including existing leases but only if the property has a valid EPC on the relevant date

What Will The Impact Of MEES Be?


MEES will have a significant impact on landlords, tenants and property advisors

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to avoid higher compliance costs

Penalties could be significant: based on the rateable value of a commercial property up to a max of £150,000


The valuation of properties will be affected with associated implications for secured lending

Rent reviews on ‘F’ and ‘G’ rated properties will be affected

Possible implications for dilapidations assessmentas

Will I Be Exempt?


Not Covered By MEES:
Properties that do not need an EPC
Properties with a very short lease
Properties let for more than 99 years

Landlords will be exempt once all cost effective energy efficiency improvements are complete

Landlords will be exempt if 3rd party consents are not available or if compliance would devalue the property


Exemptions will be lodged on a central register

An exemption from MEES may not transfer to a buyer as circumstances may change