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Energy performance certificates

An energy performance certificate (EPC) rates the energy efficiency of your property. It measures how much power and energy you need to run the property.


  • range from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient)
  • must be provided to tenants by the landlord
  • are valid for 10 years

If the property is marketed for letting then it must have a valid EPC.

Contact Plymouth Energy Community for more EPC help.

Find the EPC rating of a property.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) set a minimum energy efficiency level for private rented properties.

  • Rented properties need to have an EPC rating of at least E.
  • Properties with an EPC rating of F or G cannot be rented unless they have a PRS exemption.

If your property is empty and not available for let, you don't need to meet the EPC requirement until it's available for let.


If a property is being let and it doesn't meet the MEES requirements, we can issue a penalty of up to £5000 per property.

Full MEES guidance for landlords.