From 2018, new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) will come into force. This could lead to landlords facing financial penalties and being unable to let their properties if they fail to meet the standards.
The non-domestic minimum energy efficiency regulations for England and Wales will mean that by 1 April 2018, all relevant properties will have to be improved to a minimum standard before being let to tenants, except for certain exemptions.
Additional Tenant’s Energy Efficiency Regulations must also be in force 1 April 2016 these will give tenant’s the power to request consent for energy efficiency measures from the landlord.
For landlords who choose not to invest in bringing their properties up to minimum standards, there are likely to be severe consequences, including financial penalties or potentially a tribunal to force landlords to make the necessary changes.
It is thought there will be a phased introduction of these regulations, with all new lettings to comply by April 2018 and remaining existing lettings from April 2023.
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