The MEPS legislation currently prevents landlords from letting buildings that fall below an energy efficiency of rating an ‘F or G’.
The Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) also known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), came into effect in April 2018. MEPS legislation makes it unlawful to let residential or commercial properties with an EPC rating of F or G until their energy efficiency has been addressed. The MEPS legislation does not affect properties that are being sold. However, a low energy rating may put off potential buyers.
The responsibility of complying with MEPS legislation is the landlord or property owner’s and isn’t the tenant’s responsibility.
Landlords will be unable to re-let a property without a compliant EPC or an agreed exemption.
Some properties are exempt from MEPS legislation they include:
- Some listed buildings
- Places of worship
- Temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years
- Stand alone buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50sqm
- Some buildings that are due to be demolished
- Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a license to occupy
- Residential buildings used less than 4 months a year
At Compliance365 we can help landlords and property owners determine the best way to upgrade their properties rating through our MEPS EPC reports.
Compliance365’s MEPS report follows the below steps:
- An accredited assessor will conduct a site survey.
- Compliance365 will generate a building model with HVAC and lighting attributes. We are able to run energy-saving simulations such as upgrading lighting or installing variable speed drives.
- We utilize a technology called DesignBuilder to create a 3D model complete with energy attributes of the building recorded during the site survey and to accurately calculate the least expensive and easiest building upgrades to attain an EPC rating of ‘E’ or above. We do this by performing what-if scenario solutions to accurately calculate the easiest upgrades to achieve an EPC rating of E or above.
- Finally, once all proposed upgrades are made where practical we can complete a post EPC.
Our report summarises the effect each recommendation would have on a property EPC rating. At Compliance365 we offer EPC and review service that helps our customers achieve compliance. Our team of energy and carbon consultants is happy to provide advice and guidance on MEPS legislation.
Contact us today on 01924 669940 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how we can help you.