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Month: January 2017

Solutions for landlords with low EPC rating

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards come into effect in April 2018.

While the Green Deal has come to an end, the obligations of landlords with low energy housing to let are not over.

As part of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) coming into effect in April 2018, it will be illegal to let property with the two lowest EPC bands of F and G.

However, while this can seem harsh, it is also an opportunity to make upgrades to properties sorely in need of this, and getting from a G or an F to an E can cost less than £2000.

Contact us to know more about how you can upgrade your property in the most cost-efficient way at landlord@polareco.com

Additionally, knowing that about 4,5million families in the UK are fuel poor, upgrading properties means that people who today are coming home to freezing flats wondering whether they can afford to turn on the heating, will be able to be a little less cold, and a little less poor.

While the average energy expenditure in the UK is about £1210 per year, families living in properties F and G rated properties spend almost twice as much, on average £2140 in an F-rated home, and £2,670 in a G-rated home, According to the Association for the Conservation of Energy. 

Lowering a tenants energy bill can also make them more able to pay their rent on time.



MEES – Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

You may have heard about the term MEES, or Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, especially if you are renting out your flat, or your have other properties for let.

MEES simply means that if the properties you are letting have an Energy Performance Certificate of F or G, you will not be allowed to let them from April 2018 unless you do the necessary upgrades.

April 2018 is less than 15 months away, if you want to make sure you are in order before all the installers are booked out, you should start preparing immediately.

The good news is that it does not have to be costly to upgrade to an E, you may have affordable insulation options available for just a few hundred pounds, or you can invest in low-cost measures such as draft proofing or added glazing.

Get in touch if you want to know more, or to book one of our recommended installers.

Energy assessor Dawn King is making notes during a Polareco home assessment.

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