By Peter Williams

The MEES was introduced by regulations made under the Energy Act 2011 and came into force on 1 April 2018. MEES creates a new legal requirement for a minimum standard of energy efficiency in private rented buildings and is therefore relevant to anyone who lets commercial or residential property, with the exception of some public sector housing.

Property that has been sold or let since 2008 requires an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). EPC ratings range from A to G, with A the most efficient and G the least efficient.