You can now register an exemption against the Minimum Energy Performance Standards legislation on the PRS exemptions register.
As of 1 April 2018, the new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), also known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation, will make it unlawful to let a property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G.
Any rental property that requires an EPC in accordance with the 2012 Energy Performance Building Regulations will be affected by this legislation. Failure to comply could result in a hefty fine of up to £150,000.
You can now apply for exemptions against the legislation on the PRS exemptions register. In order to submit an exemption, the landlord of the property needs to supply certain information relating to the property, as well as information and evidence to support.
There are a variety of exemptions which you can apply for, such as;
- If your property is a listed building which is placed on the statutory list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest
- The properties EPC raring is still an F or G after energy efficiency improvements have been carried out
- 3rd party (e.g. the tenant) consent is refused
- If a registered surveyor determines that the upgrades required to improve the rating would cause a devaluation of the property by more than 5%
- You have only recently become / are becoming the landlord
- If energy efficiency improvements required to improve the properties rating exceed a 7-year payback period
Compliance365 can help you to become compliant with the MEPS legislation. Our team of Energy and Carbon Consultants will offer advice and guidance on how you can improve the rating of your property. We also offer a registration service to assist you with your exemption submission. If you require some help, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Click here to contact us today or email firstname.lastname@example.org.