With the proposed Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations placing a greater emphasis on energy efficiency in commercial properties, landlords have a prime opportunity to leverage refurbishment projects. By revitalising their properties, landlords can not only comply with existing MEES regulations but also attract tenants, maximise rental income, and future-proof their investments.

Leanne Pammen

Head of Sales

17th Apr 2018

Compliance with MEES regulations

The introduction of MEES regulations requires landlords to meet minimum energy efficiency levels in leased properties. Refurbishing properties presents an opportunity to upgrade building systems, improve insulation, and incorporate sustainable features. According to recent Savills research, a staggering 87% of office stock in the UK's major markets, equating to over one billion square feet, needs improvement to meet the government's proposed 2030 energy efficiency deadlines. By achieving higher energy efficiency ratings, landlords not only avoid potential penalties but also appeal to environmentally conscious tenants who value sustainability.

Enhanced tenant attraction

Newly fit out properties hold significant appeal for prospective tenants. According to industry insights, refurbished workspaces can command rents close to those of new build properties. By investing in modernisation, landlords can create inviting spaces with contemporary amenities, stylish designs, and improved functionality. Upgraded offices attract tenants who are willing to pay more for an office that requires minimal updates and offers a high-quality experience.

Increased rental income

Refurbished properties often command higher rental rates compared to older, less appealing spaces. Research from JLL indicates that buildings in central London with an A or B Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating achieved a rental premium of 10%. By investing in renovations, landlords can justify premium rental prices, resulting in a solid return on investment. Updated facilities and modern designs reduce the need for tenants to invest in costly renovations themselves, making your property an attractive choice that offers value for money.

Improved tenant retention

Refurbishment projects provide an opportunity for landlords to strengthen relationships with existing tenants. By upgrading shared facilities, enhancing amenities, and incorporating tenant feedback, landlords demonstrate their commitment to tenant satisfaction. Proactive refurbishment measures promote long-term tenancies, minimise vacancies, and ensure a stable and consistent rental income. According to industry reports, well-maintained and upgraded properties are less likely to sit empty, reducing the risk of income loss.

Competitive advantage

Refurbished properties hold a competitive advantage in the market. With a limited supply of new spaces, refurbished buildings stand out as attractive alternatives for businesses seeking upgraded premises. According to market data, the lack of available space in areas like Manchester has created a market driven by property owners and landlords. By investing in refurbishment, landlords can position their properties as desirable choices, offering modern and visually appealing spaces that surpass outdated alternatives.

Future-proofing investments

Refurbishment projects enable landlords to future-proof their investments by incorporating smart technologies and flexible designs. By anticipating tenants' evolving needs, such as open-plan layouts, collaborative spaces, and advanced technology infrastructure, landlords create spaces that can adapt to changing work trends and attract forward-thinking businesses. Forward-looking investments increase the potential for long-term tenant retention and ensure the property remains relevant and appealing in the dynamic commercial property market.

Asset value appreciation

Investing in refurbishment can lead to an increase in the overall value of the property. Upgraded and well-maintained properties are perceived as valuable assets in the market. According to property experts, refurbished workspaces can achieve rental yields close to those of new build properties. A higher property value not only enhances the landlord's net worth but also offers potential benefits in terms of future sales, financing opportunities, and attracting quality investors.


For landlords, the benefits of refurbishing their properties are abundant. From complying with MEES regulations and attracting tenants to maximising rental income and future-proofing investments, refurbishment projects offer a compelling opportunity. By seizing this moment, landlords can transform their properties into desirable, competitive, and sustainable spaces that deliver long-term value and financial rewards.

To explore in-depth insights and strategies for successful landlord refurbishments, we invite you to read our comprehensive insight paper, "Low Carbon Fit Out: Optimising Your Property's Potential." Discover expert guidance, case studies, and practical tips to unlock the full potential of your property investment.