As tighter Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force, there are widespread concerns the rules are not being properly policed.
It is now over a year since landlords of the most draughty, fuel-poor, energy-wasting homes and offices in England and Wales were told they would have to bring their rental properties up to scratch. Those found breaching the law potentially face fines of up to £5,000, as well as being ‘named and shamed’ on a public register.
Yet, 12 months down the line, concerns are rife that Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) rules are being flouted by some landlords, with properties still being advertised for rent up and down the country which do not appear to comply with the law.
When the legislation came into force last year it was estimated around 300,000 rental properties were not up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standard E or above on energy efficiency, and would therefore need improvements to comply with the regulations. But BusinessGreen has found properties currently being advertised by letting agents online which do not meet these standards for energy efficiency, and there is concern among industry experts that the rules are not being properly enforced by cash-strapped councils.