What is MEES?
MEES is the Minimum Energy Eﬃciency Standards ﬁrst invented in 2014 and 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
February 2015: MEES regulations applied to commercial and residential properties.
April 2016: Power is put into the hands of residential tenants, they 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).
April 2018: MEES will apply to the grant of a lease on or after 1st April including lease renewals (where an EPC exists) with a minimum EPC rating of an ‘E’. The Landlord needs to make sure a property complies with MEES before the lease is granted.
April 2023: On the 1st April, MEES will be extended to cover all leases, for commercial properties it will become unlawful to continue to let a building with an EPC rating of less than an E.
What Will The Impact Of MEES Be?
- MEES will have a signiﬁcant impact on landlords, tenants and property advisors.
- Take Action Now: 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 assessment.
Will I Be Exempt?
The following exemptions include:
- Landlords once all cost effective energy efficiency improvements are complete or valid exemptions have been granted.
- Landlords if the 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
What Is Not Covered By MEES:
- Properties that do not need an EPC
- Properties with a very short lease
- Properties let for more than 99 years