MEES is now in force. This means that as of the 6 April 2018, private rental properties will need to have a minimum EPC rating of E or it will be illegal to rent the property. Our previous post can be seen here.
However, as with most general rules there are exemptions to the minimum rating including:
– where the landlord is unable to obtain funding to cover the cost for improvements;
– the improvements have been made but the property remains below an EPC rating E;
– the tenant is obstructing the works; and
– in most cases where a property is a listed building.
It is important to note that the exemption must be claimed to be valid. This means that landlords with F and G rated properties who are relaying on any exemption for not having a minimum E rated property must register. The registration process will require landlords to confirm what exemption they are relying on and upload proof of the exemption in order to complete the registration process. The Private Rented Property minimum standards (PRS) exemption register is now live and can be accessed here. Failing to Register is now a criminal offence. See our previous post here.
Landlords and agents are advised that we are aware of the misinformation surrounding the costs cap on works a landlord undertakes to meet this new standard. The cost cap is said to be £2,500 and in force already. However, this is not correct and is merely a consultation at this stage. See our previous post here.
For those unsure of what exemption, if any, to apply for, advice should be sought sooner rather than later.