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Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Private Sector Houses Working Group

Role of the group

Improving the energy efficiency of existing housing is an essential part of tackling fuel poverty and climate change in Scotland.

The REEPS Working Group looked at issues including measures to improve energy efficiency; attitudes and behaviour in relation to energy efficiency; the relationship between incentives and regulation; and the wider impact of regulations on the housing market. This work helped to inform our consultation on an energy efficiency standard in the private rented sector.

In this consultation we are proposing that all private rented homes should have to meet a minimum EPC rating of E at a change in tenancy after 1 April 2019 and in all private rented properties by 31 March 2022. And we are proposing that this standard be increased, so that all properties would have an EPC D by 31 March 2025. The consultation seeks views on how a standard would work, how it would be enforced, and whether there are some situations where the owner would not be expected to bring the property up to standard. The Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing consultation runs until 30 June 2017.

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, Ministers will hold a second, shorter consultation on the proposed regulations allowing for a lead-in time to the start of any standard.

We plan to consult on proposals to increase the energy efficiency of owner occupier housing, including seeking views on the use of minimum standards and incentives in winter 2017/18.

Minimum standards form part of the wider development of Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme that aims to deliver the Scottish Government's designation of energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority.


Members include:

  • Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO)
  • Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Existing Homes Alliance
  • Fuel Poverty Forum
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Scottish Association of Landlords
  • Scottish Land and Estates
  • Scottish Government