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of exemptions and further information on their criteria you should refer to the draft regulations and Section 4 of the draft guidance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.