Residential landlords will be well aware of the requirements they must fulfil in respect of the energy efficiency of the homes they let. The government has always been keen to encourage higher energy efficiency in rented homes, and landlords must make sure their properties meet the minimum efficiency standard. These standards are set out in the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations.
On 30 September 2020, the government launched a consultation on further improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales. The government’s preferred method is to increase the energy performance standard in the MEES Regulations to EPC energy efficiency rating (EER) Band C. The government proposes a phased trajectory of achieving the necessary improvements between 2025 – 2028, and an increase in the maximum amount that a landlord can be required to spend on reaching the necessary standards from £3,500 to £10,000.
Chapter two of the consultation involves a more far-stretching alternative suggestion of introducing a dual target of properties have energy efficiency rating and environmental impact rating of C, with a cost cap of £15,000.
The consultation will also consider enforcement and the penalties for non-compliance. The consultation will close on 30 December 2020.
Whatever the outcome of the consultation, there are undoubtedly further changes coming which will increase the responsibility a landlord has to make sure their properties are energy efficient.
If you require any advice and assistance in respect of landlord and tenant matters then please contact Fiona Hannaford on 01803 403403.
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