Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations were introduced by the Government in 2018. The aim is to improve energy efficiency, comfort and conditions while also reducing fuel poverty in the private rented sector. From 1 April 2020 it became unlawful to let a domestic property to new tenants, or renew a tenancy with existing tenant, with an EPC rating below an E rating.
We know some landlords in Newcastle are still not aware of the changes and may have failed to apply for (or renew) a EPC where it is required, or may have a EPC with a failing grade.
To assist landlords in getting up to date and up to standard Newcastle City Council is offering landlords a 3-month enforcement amnesty between 1st November 2021and 31st January 2022. During this period landlords can come forward without fear of enforcement and ask for advice in order to understand and comply with MEES.
We will be writing directly to landlords who we think might have properties that are not compliant but we welcome any landlord who might have questions about MEEs, be worried about applying for an exemption or need advice about how best to get their properties up to standard to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a dedicated team available to talk to landlords and agents, and in addition have developed some online tools which might offer some guidance;