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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

MEES guidance notes for landlords

The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 are designed to tackle the least energy-efficient properties in England and Wales - those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate (or EPC). The Regulations establish a minimum standard of EPC band E for both domestic and non-domestic private rented property, affecting new tenancies and renewals since 1 April 2018. This guidance relates to domestic property only.

The regulations set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented property in England and Wales. In relation to the domestic private rented sector (PRS) the minimum level is EPC E. Landlords who are installing relevant energy efficiency improvements may, of course, aim above and beyond this current requirement if they wish.

The links below provide guidance to landlords of domestic property and others with an interest in the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let domestic private property under those regulations.


Reference legislation

Reference guidance

Please contact our Private Sector Housing team for further information by e-mailing or calling 01642 527797.