By Maria Connolly

On 5 November 2018, the government released it response to the consultation on proposals to amend The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (widely known as the MEES Regulations).

What is the effect of the consultation response?

The consultation had proposed that landlords of domestic properties would be required to spend up to £2,500 per property on trying to bring it up an E rating. However, the government has now revealed that landlords will, in fact, have to spend up to £3,500 per property on energy improvement works. Only if, after spending up to this sum, the property still fails to achieve an E rating, will the landlord be able to register an exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register.