Minimum Energy Ratings for Rented Properties
Landlords of residential let property in Scotland should be gearing up now for any necessary works to their properties in advance of the introduction next year of minimum energy efficiency standards for let properties.
• From 1 April 2020, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band E.
• By 31 March 2022, all let 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 let properties will need to have at least EPC band D.
The Scottish Government has said it will publish regulations "in early 2019" that provide more detail on how the standards will be applied. This is eagerly awaited as it should provide detail on any exemptions and on expenditure ceilings. There are concerns over the impact of these changes on rural properties where alternative fuel options are limited and on properties where options are curtailed by building character. It would be unfortunate if badly needed, particularly rural, properties were driven out of the rented sector because the expenditure required to attain compliance is not cost-effective.
Landlords faced with something like a boiler replacement or considering improvements would be prudent to anticipate these minimum standards in their job planning.
It's worth speaking to Home Energy Scotland who are very willing to advise at no charge on energy saving options for particular properties and on financial assitance available to landlords.