Landlord information about the minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties
The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations set a minimum energy efficiency level for domestic private rented properties. They apply to all domestic private rented properties that are:
View government guidance to find out if your property is covered by MEES regulations, and if so, how to comply.
Since 1 April 2018, the regulations mean that private landlords cannot let domestic properties on new tenancies to new or existing tenants if the EPC rating is F or G (unless an exemption applies). Since 1 April 2020, the prohibition on letting F and G properties has been extended to all relevant properties. This is even where there has been no change in tenancy.
In Fenland, the MEES regulations are enforced by our Private Sector Housing team. They have a range of powers to check and ensure compliance.
We may check for different forms of non-compliance. This could include one or more of the following:
If we believe a landlord may be in breach of MEES regulations, we may serve a compliance notice. This can be up to 12 months after a suspected breach occurred.
A compliance notice helps us to decide whether a breach has occurred. If we confirm that a property is (or has been) let in breach of the regulations, we can:
We will decide on the level of the penalty up to the maximum limits set by the regulations. These apply per property and per breach of the regulations. The maximum penalties are:
The maximum amount that can be fined per property is a total of £5,000.
If you do not agree with a penalty notice, you can ask us to review our decision. We can withdraw the penalty notice if:
If we decide to uphold a penalty notice, a landlord may appeal to the First-tier Tribunal if they think that: