Milestones and dates are correct as of 4th July 2022 and are subject to change.
The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations set a minimum energy efficiency level for domestic private rented properties. Since 1 April 2018, landlords or owners have been required to ensure their property meets the MEES requirements before a new lease or tenancy is granted.
In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass a net zero emissions law. The UK’s legally binding net zero target for 2050 means that any emissions would need to be balanced by schemes to offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as planting trees or using technology like carbon capture and storage.
Since 1 April 2020, landlords can no longer let, or continue to let properties covered by the MEES Regulations if they have an EPC rating below E, unless they have a valid exemption in place.
Landlords planning to let a property with an EPC rating of F or G need to improve the property’s rating to E, or register an exemption, before they enter into a new tenancy.
New changes came into force on 15 June 2022 and are interim measures to increase of energy performance standards for domestic and non-domestic buildings ahead of the Future Homes Standard and Future Buildings Standard.