With just a few months to go before landlords have to ensure their rental properties meet the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES), Maidstone Borough Council is reminding them that now is the time to get their house in-order so that they are compliant.
The regulations mean that all landlords in England and Wales will be required to improve the energy efficiency rating of their domestic properties to “E” or higher before 1 April 2020.
The regulations are enforced by the Maidstone Borough Council Housing and Health Team as part of the Housing and Community Services. John Littlemore, MBC Head of Housing and Community Services said:
“These regulations are designed to improve the energy efficiency of rented properties. Improvements will help to improve the landlord’s property, reduce tenant’s energy bills and reduce the impact on CO2 emissions the property has.
“MBC would like to remind landlords that if they haven’t taken action already now is the time to do so and our team is here to provide helpful advice.”
Regulations came into effect in April 2018 setting a minimum energy efficiency level for private rented properties; those in England and Wales must be rated “E” or higher to be privately let and those with ratings “F” and “G” must not be let to a new tenant. This rating is found on a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) can only be issued by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor and each certificate is logged and accessible on a national register.
More information on the regulation can be found online at: www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-private-rented-property-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-landlord-guidance
Landlords wishing to check on their properties energy efficiency rating should go to: www.epcregister.com