We are delighted to announce that Watkins Solicitors are in the process of becoming a dementia-friendly law firm, starting in January 2018. We are now members of the South Gloucestershire and Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, and planning to extend this in Bath where we have recently opened a new office...
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards come into effect from 1 April 2018 - Landlords take note!
- AuthorAngela Dunlop
From 1 April 2018, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into effect which means that Landlords will not be able to renew or begin any lease/tenancy for any residential or commercial property which has an EPC Rating below E.
Landlords will be able to let out F and G-rated properties beyond 1 April 2018 for the remainder of existing rental contracts but will not be able to renew a contract or let the property to someone else until it is brought up to an E rating.
Here are five tips to help achieve an E energy rating:
- Insulate - ensure you have insulation in the roof
- Smart Storage Heaters - cheaper to run than an electric convector heater
- LED bulbs - use less energy than regular light bulbs
- Add a jacket to your hot water cylinder - especially if it is a sizeable cylinder
- Add a programmer or room thermostat