Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

How we can help commercial landlords

What is MEES?

MEES is a new regulation that was introduced by the government to help improve the carbon footprint of some of the UK’s more inefficient properties.

Around 75,000 commercial premises are likely to be effected, with two key deadlines fast approaching.

  • From April 2018 – landlords with properties based in England and Wales MUST ensure they achieve an EPC rating of at least E, before they can grant or renew a lease
  • From April 2023 – properties with existing tenancies MUST have an EPC rating of E or above, or the lease won’t legally be allowed to continue

Each property MUST be compliant by these dates – it is too late to wait until the April 2018 deadline to start taking action.

Who does MEES apply to?

MEES applies to all privately rented commercially properties that are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). For full details, including any exceptions, see the government’s guidance for landlords.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

The consequences of failing to comply with MEES are serious.

There is the potential for a financial penalty to be issued. Dependent on the type of infringement and length of non-compliance, this could reach from £5,000 up to £150,000 for a commercial property.

If a property is not compliant then it could also be devalued, which is likely to lead to problems with bank security.

How Anesco can help

Our industry-leading team is highly experienced in helping to improve the energy efficiency of commercial properties. We can help you understand and fulfil your obligations in relation in MEES.

Typically, this may include:

  • Site audit – A detailed site audit will be carried out to reveal how energy is currently being used and any areas where improvements could be made
  • Recommendations – Recommendations will then be made for all feasible and cost-effective upgrades, along with projected payback periods and the return on investment they would generate
  • Funding options – You will be advised on all available funding options, including fully-funded models
  • Implementation – We will then arrange and manage the installation of your chosen measures
  • Maintenance – Our O&M service can then work with you to monitor energy savings and maintain the measures

Number of commercial premises with an EPC rating below E

around 75,000

Recommended next steps for landlords

  • Step 1 – Start by looking at your EPCs. What are the energy efficiency ratings?
  • Step 2 – Review your leases. What are the details of any tenancy? When is it up for renewal? When might you be granting a new lease?
  • Step 3 – Act quickly on any property without an EPC that needs one, or that has a rating of F or G.
  • Step 4 – Contact us to improve the energy efficiency of your property

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