Skip to content

Landlord responsibilities

It is important for all landlords and tenants to know the energy performance standards required within a rental property. With changing legislation it is easy to get confused.

For the most up to date information on Landlord responsibilities, visit the dedicated gov.uk website here or to find out more about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards click here.

For tenants

Contracted Landlord Energy Obligations

 

By law there are certain expectations placed on Landlords with regards to energy efficiency, supply and upkeep. The legal responsibilities as set out by the UK government obligate the Landlord to keep your rented properties safe and free from health hazards; make sure all gas and electrical equipment is safely installed and maintained; and provide an Energy Performance Certificate for your property.

Your Landlord’s Energy Obligations: EPCs and MEES

 

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legally required document giving a property an energy efficiency rating from A to G. EPCs were introduced in 2007 to help property owners understand their homes’ efficiency and house hunters to choose the best performance property. Your landlord needs to have one, check to make sure this is the case.

 

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is exactly what it sounds like. MEES states that any properties put up for lease from 1 April 2018 are required by law to have an EPC of E or above. Enforcement of these regulations will be carried out by Portsmouth City Council, who will be responsible for determining and enforcement of various penalties.

For landlords

Contracted Landlord Energy Obligations

 

By law there are certain expectations placed on Landlords with regards to energy efficiency, supply and upkeep. The legal responsibilities as set out by the UK government obligate the Landlord to keep your rented properties safe and free from health hazards; make sure all gas and electrical equipment is safely installed and maintained; and provide an Energy Performance Certificate for your property.

 

Landlord’s Energy Obligations: EPCs and MEES

 

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legally required document giving a property an energy efficiency rating from A to G. EPCs were introduced in 2007 to help property owners understand their homes’ efficiency and house hunters to choose the best performance property. It’s valid for 10 years but if you don’t already have one then you’ll need to get one before renting out a property.

 

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) is exactly what it sounds like. MEES states that any properties you put up for lease from 1 April 2018 are required by law to have an EPC of E or above. That covers new leases and lease renewals on all domestic properties. Even long-term leases will have to reach an E by April 2023. Any landlords in possession of a property below that threshold will have to cease letting it after that date or register an exemption. Although this does put an obligation on landlords to invest both time and money into improving their properties, it also opens up an opportunity to install much more cost efficient solutions, potentially increasing their property value. Solutions such as solid wall insulation can drastically improve the energy efficiency rating of a building while simultaneously giving the entire property a facelift – ideal for those with value-lowering pebbledash houses and unsightly facades.

Want to find out more?

If you have any questions about what you might be eligible for or if you just want to find out more about how we can help, just send us an email or give us a call