The minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) are set to change for domestic landlords. Here’s what you need to know as a landlord and some information on whether you may be eligible for funded home energy improvements for your rental property:
The government has proposed new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations which are planned to come into effect in 2025. All domestic buildings in the UK must have a valid EPC. On an EPC, each property is rated from A – very efficient – to G – inefficient.
The new regulations will require all rented properties to have an (EPC) rating of C or above.
The changes are set to be phased in: the MEES will apply to new tenancies from 2025 and will apply to all tenancies by 2028.
The current minimum requirement for domestic rented properties states that the property must have an EPC rating of E or above, so many properties are unlikely to meet the new regulations without having energy efficiency measures installed. Landlords whose properties don’t meet the upcoming standards must adapt them to avoid potential penalties of up to £30,000.
Although the proposed plan is a crucial step towards reducing carbon waste in the UK and improving energy efficiency, the changes could be a financial and logistical challenge for landlords whose properties will require upgrades.
That’s where Arktek comes in: we are an accredited team of Gas Safe engineers who specialise in assisting landlords apply for government funding for different types of home energy improvements.
Our team also provides the installation of heating systems, insulation and other services to help increase your EPC rating with minimal disruption to your tenants.
Help with funding towards the cost of measures to comply with the new EPC regulations
To ensure that your properties are energy efficient and compliant with upcoming private rented sector regulations, we offer assistance with applying for and installing home energy improvements under the ECO4 scheme.
If you are the landlord of a property and your tenants are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you could be eligible for one or all of the following under ECO4:
- Loft Insulation
- Room in Roof Insulation
- Replacement of existing room heaters with a gas central heating system
- Solid Wall Insulation
- Cavity Wall Insulation
- Underfloor Insulation
- Smart Thermostats
We can advise on the most beneficial and cost-effective ways to improve your property’s EPC rating – simply contact us to find out if your property qualifies for funding.
We are also happy to provide a quotation for energy efficiency improvements to your rental property if the property does not qualify for funding.
Arktek are a team of North East based Gas Safe engineers, accredited insulation installers, and a proud installer of ECO4 and LA Flex funded measures to help you save on energy bills.