Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) 

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) were introduced by the government in 2018. Changes to the legislation from 1 April 2020 mean that is unlawful to let domestic properties to new tenants, or renew a tenancy with existing tenant, with an EPC rating below an E rating.

The regulations were introduced to improve the quality of private rented buildings in England and Wales and to increase the energy efficiency of the worst performing houses and buildings.  Landlords who fail to comply with the legislation can face a hefty financial penalty. 

This page provides information for private landlords and private tenants.

Information for private landlords

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) enforcement amnesty

The regulations were introduced to improve the quality of private rented buildings in England and Wales and to increase the energy efficiency of the worst performing houses and buildings. We understand that many landlords are unaware of their obligation under MEES, or do not know how to go about ensuring that their properties are complainant. 

Newcastle City Council is offering landlords a 3-month enforcement amnesty between 1st November 2021 and 31st January 2022, during this time landlords can come forward and ask for advice to understand and comply with MEES.  We will be writing directly to a number of landlords but invite any landlord with a failing property in Newcastle to get in touch.

Contact us at epc@newcastle.gov.uk

MEES e learning

We will be arrange for online e learning which will cover everything you need to know about EPCs and MEEs, this is view to attend and will include details of the MEES, available grants and support and tips on property improvements that will help your properties reach compliance. 

The e learning MEES module will be launched soon, to be kept up to date with all e leaning sign up to our monthly bulletin at privaterentedservice@newcastle.gov.uk  

Landlord support

The Private Rented Service Newcastle provide landlords and managing agents in Newcastle free advice and support. From finding a new tenant, to managing a tenancy dispute we offer a full range of services, find full details at www.privaterentedservice.co.uk

Landlord E bulletin

Never got left behind again, sign up to our monthly e bulletin to keep up to date with news, legislation and offers.  Email us at privaterentedservice@newcastle.gov.uk

Apply for an exemption

To register for an exemption go to: https://prsregister.beis.gov.uk/NdsBeisUi/used-service-before

 

Information for private rented tenants 

What is MEES?

Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) were introduced by the government in 2018.   The regulations were introduced to improve the energy efficiency of private rented homes in England and Wales making them warmer and more cost effective to heat.

Landlord have to provide a EPC for any home they rent and if the rating is too low, they might need to carry out improvement works to make the property more energy efficient.

What is a EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is needed whenever a property is built, sold or rented.   When you view a property a landlord should provide you a copy of the EPC.

An EPC will tell you:

  • about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs
  • give recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to a G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.  It will let you make a decision about how much the property is likely to cost to heat and help you decide which property to choose.

Check an EPC

You can view the EPC of the property you rent or are considering renting on the online EPC register.  You will need the post code and address of the property. 

Report a property

If you rent a property that does not have a EPC or has a failing EPC (and the landlord has not provide an exemption) you can report this at epc@newcastle.gov.uk 

Tenants E bulletin

Want to know more about your rights and responsibilities when renting from a private landlord? Sign up to our bi monthly tenants e bulletin, we’ll keep you up to date with everything you need to know when renting from a landlord.  Email us at privaterentedservice@newcastle.gov.uk

Tenant support

The Private Rented Service Newcastle provide advice and support to tenants renting from a private landlord in Newcastle. 

From finding a new home, help with a deposit, to managing a landlord dispute we offer a full range of services, find full details at www.privaterentedservice.co.uk

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