Private landlords: minimum EPC ratings guidance

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) regulations

From 1 April 2018, there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new tenancies and renewals of existing tenancies with effect from 1 April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1 April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption.

Many landlords need to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their properties - 1 in 20 homes fall into the worst-rated bands (F and G), failing new energy efficiency standards.

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued guidance for landlords on compliance with the 2018 'Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency' standard, in accordance with the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

CHiL has a number of initiatives available to landlords to help in making your property meet the requirements.