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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Privately Rented Non-Domestic Properties

What is MEES?

Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, it is unlawful to grant a new lease or tenancy on commercial properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G after April 2018.


Who is affected?

From the 1st April 2018, MEES regulations will apply to landlords / property owners upon the granting of a lease to a new tenant and lease renewals to existing tenants. In order to comply, all properties must meet MEES by undertaking permissible, appropriate and cost-effective improvements, unless exempt. The regulations will apply to all privately rented properties within the scope of the regulations from the 1st April 2023.


What are the penalties?

Fines of up to 150,000 can be enforced, which are dependent on the type of infringement and the length of non-compliance.


What to do next

You will need an EPC before the next time they let out a property

You must be able to achieve an E rating, OR can achieve an E rating by 2018 if a new lease/tenancy is required.

Call or email now to have your property assessed for MEES compliance.

Common Terms

BCO: Building Control Officer

BER: Building Emission Rate

BRUKL: Building Regulations United Kingdom Part L

DEC: Display Energy Certificate

DER: Dwelling Emission Rate

EPC: Energy Performance Certificate

MEES: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

SAP: Standard Assessment Procedure

SBEM: Simplified Building Energy Model

TER: Target Emission Rate

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