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A landlords guide to the new energy efficiency standards

6th December 2018 by Kerry Parsons

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 The Basics

If you own and wish to let or rent a domestic property then before you do so, make sure you are ‘in the know’ of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

As of 1st April 2018, Landlords of both domestic properties will not be able to agree a new letting or tenancy for a property where the Energy Performance rating is below the E Grade.  This means that if the property you are purchasing or currently own has a poor EPC then prior to being able to let out the same, you would have to first have to undertake any works necessary to bring the Energy rating to an E or above.

If you intend on mortgaging a property at any point, then you should also check with your proposed lender as to whether the valuation is based upon the rental income of the property as if so a low EPC rating could restrict it from being rented out until this is remedied, which could affect the valuation and potential finance offered.

What if I don’t meet with the regulations?

There are financial penalties if you proceed and let out the property without the necessary Energy rating. These start at a penalty of £2,000 but can reach higher for non-domestic properties. Local authorities will be instructed to review privately let properties and to issue notices and penalties for non-compliance.

Are there any exemptions?

There are certain exclusions and exemptions that could result in this not applying to a property, such as if the Lease or letting is for a term of less than 6 months, or for a term of more than 99 years.

There are additional exemptions which can be viewed and applied for here and we would recommend that you visit this website to see whether you qualify for such exemption(s).

Will the Regulations change in the future?

It is currently proposed that as of 1st April 2020, Landlords will not be able to continue to let a relevant domestic property if that property has an EPC rating of band F or G (as shown on a valid Energy Performance Certificate for the property) so you may wish to consider this if you have other buy to let properties.

If you require further assistance on a property matter then please contact:-

Parkstone office, 257- 259 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9DY 01202 743286


Kerry Parsons

Associate — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 307869


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Kerry is an Associate in our Residential Property department based in Bournemouth, with her experience spanning over 12 years. Kerry has worked for two local authorities in Dorset as well as within private practice and she now specialises in Residential Property matters including purchases, sales, remortgages, transfers of equity and other property matters including Declaration of Trusts, adverse possession claims and ownership queries.  Kerry became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2017 having completed the Diploma in Law and Practice (degree level) over 7 years alongside working full time in the legal sector.

Kerry prides herself on being friendly and approachable with a ‘can do’ attitude and really enjoys the fast pace of Conveyancing. There is no matter too complicated and Kerry enjoys problem-solving as is often required on many property matters.

Away from the office, Kerry enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors and can often be seen out and about with her dog Baxter (and husband!) enjoying some fresh air.  Kerry also joins in with many charity events along with her lovely colleagues.

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