What Is MEES?
MEES is the Minimum Energy Eﬃciency Standards ﬁrst invented in 2014
MEES will have a significant impact on landlords, tenants and property advisors
What Are The Objectives of MEES?
Help to achieve the UK’s legislative targets for CO2 emissions from buildings to be ‘close to zero’ by 2050
Improve energy eﬃciency of poor performing properties
Stop the stand-oﬀ between landlord and tenant over who should foot the bill for energy eﬃciency improvements that beneﬁt the tenant
MEES regulations applied to commercial and residential properties
Power put in the hands of tenants as thy are now able to request consent from their landlord to install Green Deal compliant energy eﬃciency improvements (as long as there is no up-front or net cost to the landlord)
MEES will apply to the grant of a lease on or after 1 April including lease renewals (where an EPC exists)
Landlord needs to make sure a property complies with MEES before the lease is granted
1 April 2023 MEES will be extended to cover all leases, including existing leases but only if the property has a valid EPC on the relevant date
What Will The Impact Of MEES Be?
MEES will have a signiﬁcant impact on landlords, tenants and property advisors
Take Action Now:
to avoid higher compliance costs
Penalties could be signiﬁcant: based on the rateable value of a commercial property up to a max of £150,000
The valuation of properties will be aﬀected with associated implications for secured lending
Rent reviews on ‘F’ and ‘G’ rated properties will be aﬀected
Possible implications for dilapidations assessmentas
Will I Be Exempt?
Not Covered By MEES:
Properties that do not need an EPC
Properties with a very short lease
Properties let for more than 99 years
Landlords will be exempt once all cost effective energy efficiency improvements are complete
Landlords will be exempt if 3rd party consents are not available or if compliance would devalue the property
Exemptions will be lodged on a central register
An exemption from MEES may not transfer to a buyer as circumstances may change