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MEES update at April 2019.

Apr 26, 2019 By ACI Reports | Category: EPBD

FROM 1ST APRIL 2018 PRIVATE NON DOMESTIC (AND DOMESTIC) LANDLORDS IN ENGLAND AND WALES LETTING OR RENEWING LEASES WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PROPERTIES REACH AT LEAST AN ‘E’ RATED EPC UNLESS CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS APPLY.

As renowned SBEM and DSM Assessors ACI Reports Ltd. EPC Division can model your building or portfolio and advise on areas of potential non-compliance. We can model multiple potential improvements if necessary to find the most cost effective solution if any EPCs are Band ‘F’ or ‘G’, as well as advising on any potential exemptions and running the ‘Seven Year Payback’ calculations where necessary.

Our industry knowledgeable assessors create essential, accurate EPCS. Accurate modelling is essential for MEES as in some cases exceeding an ‘E’ Rating or better may be as simple as obtaining more detailed information on your building or services. Avoid using Assessors who use default ratings in the software, this action can lead to lower EPC ratings.

The Non Domestic regulations in outline

From 1 April 2018, a landlord will need to bring a sub-standard building up to an ‘E’ EPC rating as a minimum before a new lease is granted (includes some lease renewals).
By 1 April 2023, properties on existing leases that have an F or G rated EPC must be brought up to standard.
Leases of a fixed length under six months and leases of 99 years or longer are excluded.
There are some exemptions, such as a landlord who is unable to obtain consents needed for the works. This exemption must be renewed every 5 years.
Only energy efficiency measures specified in the regulations apply, and only if they pass a seven year payback test.
A register will be set up for non-compliant properties listing any exemptions; Landlords and building owners beware!
If all ‘relevant improvements’ are carried out a property will comply, but must register and compliance will only last 5 years.
There are fines for non-compliance ranging from £5,000 to £150,000

The Domestic regulations in outline

From 1 April 2016, a landlord cannot reasonably refuse a tenants request for energy efficiency improvements if they have no upfront cost (with some exceptions).
From 1 April 2018, a landlord will have to bring a sub-standard dwelling up to an ‘E’
EPC rating or better before a new lease is granted (includes lease renewals).
By 1 April 2020, properties on existing leases that have an F or G rated EPC must be brought up to standard.
There are some exemptions for ‘unable to obtain consent’ .
There must be no upfront cost to a landlord for any improvements.
A register will be set up for non-compliant properties listing any exemptions.
If all ‘relevant improvements’ are carried out a property will comply, but must register and compliance will only last 5 years.
There are fines for non-compliance ranging from £1,000 to £5,000

Call ACI Reports Ltd for professional advice, it will cost you nothing for a consultation. ACI Reports Ltd are industry leaders in EPC, TM44 and DEC Compliance, looking after much of the UK Built Environment.

April 2019
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