The landlord association iHowz has written to three Government ministers urging them to publish the new domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) rules so landlords can prepare to meet them in good time.
The organisation says it is worried that the new version of the EPC and accompanying Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) will be published before the MEES criteria.
The letter has been sent to Grant Shapps at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Michael Gove at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and also Alok Sharma at the Cabinet Office.
It has been sent by Peter Littlewood, who is the chief executive of iHowz, and is published below:
Since August 2021, iHowz have been urging BEIS to publish the new requirements for MEES as soon as possible, to allow landlords to plan any works that are required.
We are especially concerned that the new version of the EPC and accompanying SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) is published before the new MEES, in order to avoid new energy efficiency works carried out under the existing version of the EPC becoming obsolete.
The recent changes in energy costs, and sources, as well as the Government’s COP commitment are expected to result in a significant change in EPC SAP methodology as well as requirements. Any work carried out now might be nullified if superseded by a new EPC, as an example, a new EPC might favour electrical heating over gas, because of the carbon savings, thus any gas boilers fitted to meet existing MEES might become inappropriate.
When setting the new MEES, consideration needs to be given to constraints, such as assessor training, implementation costs, planning restrictions (conservation and listed building) and access to carry out works, to ensure that achievable targets are set for a sector which has a high proportion of older buildings and rental supply is already falling.
Landlords are rather in the dark at the moment, with no standards, timetable or supporting funding confirmed, and we urge action now.
As ever, we are happy to meet to discuss further.
for iHowz Landlords Association.