Private rented sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) compliance and enforcement competition

This competition provides funding for English and Welsh local authorities to support them in enforcing the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (the MEES Regulations) introduced a minimum energy efficiency standard of EPC E for the private rented sector in England and Wales.

Private rented properties in scope of the MEES Regulations must meet the minimum energy efficiency standard (EPC E) before they can be let, unless a valid exemption has been registered. For further information about the MEES Regulations, including which private rented properties they apply to and when, please see the relevant guidance:

Local authorities are responsible for the enforcement of the MEES Regulations in the domestic sector, and this competition aims to support them in doing so successfully.

The competition

Local authorities in England and Wales can bid for financial support through the Private Rental Sector MEES Compliance and Enforcement Competition.

The competition makes over £2 million of funding available. Each local authority can bid for up to £100,000 of revenue funding to help build their capacity and capability to enforce the MEES Regulations in the domestic sector in their region. This financial assistance will help drive upgrades in the worst-performing private rented homes.

The competition will:

  • support local authorities with the introduction of a formulated approach for enforcing requirements under The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015
  • assist local authorities with clear financial needs to build compliance and enforcement capacity and capability
  • reduce fuel poverty and the carbon emissions produced by the housing (and commercial) sector

The Midlands Energy Hub is managing this scheme on behalf of BEIS.

For details about the scheme and how to apply here

We have conducted two competition webinar live Q & A sessions (9th and 16th June), which provided a brief over view of the scheme and gave attendees the opportunity to ask questions. We are making the power point presentation available on this website, as well as a FAQ document, that summarises those questions asked during the 9th June session (note: we will be adding the questions asked on the 16th June as a matter of urgency).”

The competition will close by 11pm on 2 July 2021.

We will announce successful submissions in the week beginning 26 July 2021.

Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding the PRS Compliance and Enforcement Competition, please email