EPC E rating 2018 / Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
As part of the Energy Act 2011, the government is proposing to introduce the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards that would make it unlawful for landlords to lease properties unless they meet or better the minimum EPC rating, currently expected to be E. This legislation will come into force on 1 April 2018. New leases or renewals of existing leases will both be affected.
Selling a property with a poor rating would theoretically still be fine, however any purchaser then wanting to let it out would be faced with the same restrictions, should the rating be worse than an E.
Currently, domestic and non-domestic buildings are rated from A to G, with G being the worst. The average rating across the UK is thought to be D. In the future, it may be that the minimum EPC rating under MEES actually changes, so that perhaps a D is the new standard.