What Are the New Energy Efficiency Regulations and Are You Prepared?

MEES, more commonly known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are coming into effect as of April 2018. This means landlords now only have six months to ensure their properties meet the requirements.

But, what exactly are these requirements and how do you ensure your property is compliant? Witlet, letting agents Chelmsford, are here to tell all.

What Does It All Mean?

Essentially, these changes are going to rule out any new or renewed leases which possess an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of F or G. In order to comply with the new legislation, it is vital that you, as a landlord, have a detailed record of current EPS’s along with an accurate property asset list.

What is an EPC?

An EPC is comprised of numerous characteristics that the building possesses and the services that it provides, it includes things such as; ventilation, air conditioning, heating and lighting. In order to gain an EPC, your property will need to undergo an EPC site assessment visit.

On your final EPC document, it should clarify the EPC rating, the expiry date and EPC address, please note that the EPC address can be different from the addresses known to property management.

It’s also worth remembering that even if your property is listed, it does not make you exempt from the future EPC regulations. If your building is listed and only has single glazing and uninsulated walls, it is more likely to fail the EPC assessment and attain an F or G band compared with a newer property.

As a Landlord, What Do You Need to Consider?

If you are a landlord you need to consider that your future tenants may carry out internal works which could hinder the EPC rating and could affect you re-letting your property in the future. To stop this from happening, you should put in preventative measures to stop tenants from making significant changes that would negatively affect the EPC.

If you would like more information about the new energy efficient regulations, or if you would like more information on flats for rent Witham, call Witlet, letting agents Tiptree today on 01376 502 500.

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