What are the energy efficiency standards being introduced for privately rented properties in Scotland?
From 1 October 2020, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band E. By 31 March 2022, all properties will need to have at least EPC band E.
From 1 April 2022, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band D. By 31 March 2025, all properties will need to have at least EPC band D.
Regulations to set these standards came in to force on 1 April 2020.
Will the standards be increased again?
As part of Energy Efficiency Scotland, the Scottish Government consulted on proposals for privately rented homes to reach EPC band C by 2030, where technically feasible and cost effective to do so. The results of that consultation can be found at Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient. Analysis of the consultation.
Will standards apply to all properties?
Standards will apply to the majority of houses in the private rented sector. The regulations however allow for some situations where a lower level of energy improvement are acceptable, for example due to legal, technical or cost reasons. The details of these exemptions are set out in the regulations.
How will I know what to do?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are currently used to assess and assign energy efficiency ratings, and they are valid for 10 years. Rated on a scale from A to G, with A being the most efficient, and calculated using information such as the size, layout, insulation and ventilation of dwellings, EPCs provide information on the energy efficiency of your building and recommendations on improvement measures. These measures could include, for example, loft insulation, efficient heating systems or solid wall insulation.
How do I get an EPC?
Please contact us to discuss your requirements. We can provide free and impartial advice tailored to your circumstances.
How much will it cost to bring my property up to standard?
Costs for home improvements depend on many variables, including the dwelling's specifics, starting point and needs. Many properties comply already, in which case the only thing that you would need is the EPC itself.
What support is available to help me improve my property?
As a landlord, you are responsible for making improvements to your property. However the Scottish Government supports a number of landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties through interest-free loans and cashback grants. Eligibility requirements can be accessed on the website of the Energy Saving Trust.
What happens if I don't get the works done?
The Scottish Government have consulted on the proposal that local authorities would issue civil fines to landlords who did not comply with the requirements.
Following the consultation period, the Scottish Government have produced draft regulations confirming penalties of up to £5,000 for noncompliance.
Why is the Scottish Government setting standards for the private rented sector?
The Scottish Government aim to make all homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient. To achieve this goal, all buildings in Scotland will need to meet minimum energy efficiency targets and to reach at the EPC of least band C by 2040, where technically feasible and cost-effective.
The government want to ensure that tenants are living in homes which are warmer and more affordable to heat. So have brought in regulations to ensure that the least efficient properties are improved, setting a clear trajectory for the sector in line with overall ambitions of Energy Efficient Scotland.