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MEES and HHSRS failings highlighted by survey results

16 July 2018

Legislation designed to improve energy efficiency standards is not being enforced due to lack of resource in local authorities, a study has revealed.

Published by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) and CAG Consultants, The Warm Arm of the Law report examined implementation of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in the private rented sector (PRS).

It found that the standards required are not being enforced and that tenants were not benefiting as a result.

The PRS in England has the highest proportion of F and G rated properties and more than 45% of households in these properties are in fuel poverty, the announcement stated.

Recommendations within the report include the need for government to adequately resource local authorities to implement the MEES and HHSRS.

Guidance and advice on how these can be implemented as cost efficiently as possible should also be provided.

The report said local government needs to "develop a joined-up approach" for implementing the two legislative examples, with further advice provided by national government.

ACE research director Kelly Green said the MEES and HHSRS had the potential to "improve the lives of the tenants living in some of the worst properties in the country,

"It will also offer significant economic and wider societal benefits to the UK, including reducing the burden on the NHS, improved productivity and a reduction in carbon emissions."

Those wishing to read the full version of the report can do so here.

Funding for the The Warm Arm of the Law report was provided by the Ebico Trust

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