Energy performance certificates

An energy performance certificate measures how efficiently a property uses energy and gives you an idea of how much it will cost to heat and power a property.

Landlords must provide an energy performance certificate (no older than 10 years) to prospective tenants so they can see the energy consumption for the property they're thinking of renting. Tenants must also receive a copy of the certificate when they take up a tenancy.

Visit the Plymouth Energy Community website for more information.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

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

If you are letting or planning to let a property covered by the MEES Regulations, and with a rating of EPC F or G, there are 2 dates:

  • 1 April 2018
  • 1 April 2020

Working out when you need to take action:

Your current tenancy period Action
Started before 1 April 2018 and runs until at least 1 April 2020 You have until 1 April 2020 to improve the property rating to E, or register an exemption, if you want to continue to let it.

Started before 1 April 2018, but you plan to enter a new tenancy (with a new or existing tenant) before 1 April 2020

You need to improve the property rating to E, or register an exemption, before you enter into the new tenancy or renew an existing tenancy.
Started on or after 1 April 2018 If you haven't already taken action, you must improve the property's rating E immediately, or register an exemption

If your property is currently empty, and you are not planning to let it, you don’t need to take any action to improve its rating until you decide to let it again.

Penalties

If a local authority confirms that a property is (or has been) let in breach of the Regulations, they may serve a financial penalty up to 18 months after the breach and/or publish details of the breach for at least 12 months. Local authorities can decide on the level of the penalty, up to maximum limits set by the Regulations.

The maximum penalties amounts apply per property and per breach of the Regulations. They are:

  • up to £2,000 and/or publication penalty for renting out a non-compliant property for less than 3 months
  • up to £4,000 and/or publication penalty for renting out a non-compliant property for 3 months or more
  • up to £1,000 and/or publication for providing false or misleading information on the PRS Exemptions Register
  • up to £2,000 and/or publication for failure to comply with a compliance notice

The maximum amount you can be fined per property is £5,000 in total.

More guidance is available on the government website.