Scottish Government Delays Effective Date for EPC Band E Requirement.

Scottish Government Delays Effective Date for EPC Band E Requirement.

In earlier blogs we advised of the forthcoming mandatory minimum EPC ratings for Scottish rental properties, due to take effect from 1 April 2020.   We are now advised that, due to delays in finalising the regulations, implementation has now been postponed until 1 October 2020, by which date all residential properties being offered for rent (as opposed to already having a tenant in place) will require an EPC rating of Band E or above.

In short, as revised:-

Private residential rented properties in Scotland will need to achieve at least:-

  • EPC of E at change of tenancy from 01 October 2020
  • All rental properties must have an EPC rating of E by 31 March 2022
  • EPC of D at change of tenancy from 1 April 2022
  • All rental properties must have an EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025

 

The following key exemptions are provided for in the regulations and outline circumstances where a landlord is not required to meet the minimum energy efficiency standards:

 

  •     All relevant energy efficiency improvements have already been made;
  •     Energy saving measures will cause damage to the fabric or structure of the property;
  •     Access to carry out the work has been refused, or unreasonable conditions have been set by a tenant or a relevant third party;
  •     There are protected species in the property that cannot be disturbed;
  •     Listing or conservation status precludes implementation of the energy-saving measaures.
  •     The landlord intends to demolish the property.

 

For a full list of exemptions and further information on their criteria you should refer to the draft regulations and Section 4 of the draft guidance

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about this or require guidance.

 

 

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