The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published a consultation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for the non-domestic private rented sector. There is currently a restriction on letting or continuing to let property with a minimum rating of E (without there being a valid exemption or a registration on the PRS Exemptions Register). The government wishes the minimum rating on the EPC level to rise by 2030 and the consultation seeks views on how this is to be achieved and which level it should rise to.

The paper asks for views on what the proposed new level should be (B or C) and whether that move should be incremental or in one stage. It also asks for views on how to overcome the problems of the practice of letting a property prior to fit out when the EPC rating is likely to below the necessary threshold and views on how the regulations are enforced.

Responses to the consultation must be submitted by 7th January 2020 so click here to take part.

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