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MEES - EPC uprating

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) outlaw the letting of commercial properties with a rating of ‘G’ or ‘F.’ In April this year, this will extend to properties that are already let. The future trajectory is pencilled to go from a minimum of ‘E’ in 2023, to a ‘C’ in 2027 and a ‘B’ by 2030.

Landlords will need to ensure their property is compliant or risk receiving a fine, which are as follows:

  • Breach for less than 3 months: 10% of the rateable value (min. £5,000 / max. £50,000)
  • Breach for more than 3 months: 20% of the rateable value (min. £10,000 / max. £150,000)
  • Providing false or misleading exemption information: max. £5,000
  • Failing to comply with a compliance notice: max. £5,000.


Whether we will see a deluge of fines for non-compliance in April is debateable (given that enforcement is by the Local Authority trading standards team), but occupiers are increasingly demanding better EPC levels as part of their acquisition requirements. If the fines do not encourage landlords to improve their buildings, occupier demand and impact on rental levels ultimately will. There is a very real risk that poor performing buildings will become unlettable and ultimately stranded assets.

How we can help

We have advised a number of clients on works required to improve the EPC rating and general sustainability performance of an asset.  These includes:

  • Acquisition and Disposal Advice

    As part of our wider technical due diligence of an asset we can undertake a review of the sustainability performance and provide a high level view on likely investment required.

  • Detailed EPC Modelling

    By building a digital twin of the asset we can model the impact on the EPC rating, running costs and energy usage from different levels of intervention – this measures what works would have the greatest impact and ROI.

  • Wider Asset Strategy

    Planning and costing of the works to unput into the wider asset strategy.  This can include advice on service charge recoverability, dovetailing works with lease events and impact of managing works around existing occupiers.

  • Project Management

    We can advise on the most suitable procurement route and manage the delivery of the works.

  • Broader Sustainability Screening

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Key Contacts

Matt Neave


Seb David


John Bavin

Senior Associate

Richard Fitz-Hugh