Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)


MEES - Minimum EPC Standards

As a result of the Energy Act 2011, from April 2018 it will be against the law to let commercial and residential properties with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) rating of F or G (the lowest two EPC ratings).

Scope of MEES

All privately rented buildings, residential and commercial, needing an EPC must achieve an 'E' rating. This applies to new contracts and existing rental contracts being continued. Exemptions apply for rentals under six months and properties in Scotland.

Dates & Impact

From April 2018 it we be unlawful to let a residential property (lease renewals as well as new lettings) with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) rating of F or G (the lowest two EPC ratings).

In April 2020, the Government will be reviewing this and decide if the minimum EPC rating under MEES should be raised.

From April 2023 it will be unlawful to continue to let a commercial property with the lowest two EPC ratings.

Failure to meet the this will result in a fine of £5,000 to £150,000, with all commercial offences being published.

Affected Areas

In 2014, 19% of commercial properties and 23% of offices had EPC ratings of 'F' and 'G'. London is most affected by the legislation, with the highest percentage of properties achieving ratings below 'E' across all sectors.

Achieving Compliance

We survey the property and provide you with all the reports you need as evidence. If you aren't meeting compliance, we'll provide you with clear advice on how to meet MEES in the most efficient way.