Landlord deadline looms to meet higher home energy standards

Farms with let residential property have four months to comply with tougher energy standards, land agents have warned.

The deadline for landlords to meet new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations is 1 April 2020.

From that date, rules require let homes to hold Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) rated E or above, will be extended to existing tenancies, in addition to new lettings.

See also: Long-term farm tenancies decline amid political uncertainty

Strutt & Parker’s Philipa Bateman said this means landlords must not continue to let any domestic property with an EPC of F or G.

“It is important to note that the rules on exemptions are also tightening up,” she said.

Any exemptions previously granted under the “no cost to the landlord” rule, registered between 1 October 2017 and 31 March 2019, also come to an end on 31 March 2020.

“This means that these landlords will now be obliged to carry out energy improvement measures, recommended in the EPC, up to a cost cap of £3,500.

“Where a landlord is unable to improve a property to E within the £3,500 cap, they will need to install all measures up to the £3,500 cap,” Ms Bateman explained.

“They should then register a new exemption on the basis that all relevant improvements have been installed and the property remains below E.”