The Green Deal Swansea
LANDLORDS IN SWANSEA, LLANELLI, NEATH
AND THROUGHOUT WEST WALES.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), Home Insulation Assessments & Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
ARE YOUR RENTALS MEES COMPLIANT FROM 1st APRIL 2018?
On 1/4/18 the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for Privately Rented Domestic Properties came into force.
Are you concerned about the changes to energy efficiency regulations affecting your domestic rental properties?
We may be able to help you, and because of some major updates to the datasets used within the EPC software, went live in September/October 2017, the answer may be nothing more than just an updated EPC.
Also non-repayable Grants for improving the levels of home insulation are still available to tenants, where the property has an E rating or better.
What are the MEES and Regulations?
Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property (England & Wales)) Regulations 2015, from 1st April 2018, it is unlawful to let out domestic properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G.
The regulations were put into place to improve energy efficiency of privately rented homes and help to meet UK targets of CO2 emissions reduction under the Energy Act 2011.
Who does it affect and when?
From 1st April 2018, the regulations apply to landlords/property owners upon granting a lease to a new tenant, or lease renewals to an existing tenant.
In order to comply, all properties must meet MEES by undertaking permissible, appropriate and cost-effective improvements, unless exempt. Properties which are let on tenancies of more than 99 years, or less than 6 months, and some regulated tenancies such as housing associations will be excluded.
The regulations will apply to all privately rented properties within the scope of the regulations from 1st April 2020.
What are the Penalties for non-compliance?
Fines of up to £5,000 can be enforced, depending on the type of infringement and the length of non-compliance. A tenant can raise a case with the First-Tier General Regulatory Chamber if they feel a landlord is non-compliant.
Are there any exemptions?
The "no cost" exemption will be removed on 1/4/20
On 31/3/20 all "no cost" exemptions will be deleted from the Exemption Register. Full Stop!
You must be able to show that you have spent at least £3,000 in an attempt to bring the EPC rating of the property up to an E in order to re-register an exemption.
Until then Landlords may be exempt when:
What Government Grants are available to me?
From April 2017, the system has been simplified and an energy assessment is no longer required. Instead the Government have "deemed" an amount of Carbon Emission savings for each type of property - terraced, semi-detached, detached, 2 bed, 3 bed, 4 bed etc. We then sell these Carbon Emission savings to one of the Gas and Electricity companies - and that is how it is funded. We all pay an amount on our fuel bills towards this fund, so yes, we pay for it, as usual.
But the Government Home Insulation Grant Scheme has changed again (17/9/18).
In some ways it is an improvement over the old scheme, but other aspects have got a whole lot worse.
The Standard Home Insulation Grant that everyone qualified for (even Richard Branson) has been withdrawn.
The Enhanced Home Insulation Grant – which you have to qualify for, has been broadened. Many people who did not qualify for this grant in the past will now qualify.
However, OFGEM who administer the grant scheme have stated that they will not allow a grant for F or G rated properties.
Flexible Funding Grants – A new type of Grant called “Flexible Funding” has also been introduced, and is not benefit based. To find out more Click Here
We do of course undertake work where the customer simply pays for the job where no funding is available.
If you wish to discuss any of the above, please give us a call on one of the numbers below, or email us on [email protected] or complete the online enquiry form below.
Freephone: 0800 8 10 10 60 Mobile: 07960 799 681